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Paper: When a Couple's Squabbling Leads to Cosmic Bubbles
Volume: 493, 19th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 527
Authors: Boffin, H. M. J.
Abstract: Binarity and mass transfer appear to play a key role in the shaping and, possibly, formation of planetary nebulae (PNe), thereby explaining the large fraction of axisymmetric morphologies. I present the binary hypothesis for PNe and its current status. Recent discoveries have led to a quadrupling of the number of post-common envelope binary central stars of PNe compared to the end of the last century, thereby allowing us to envisage statistical studies. Moreover, these binary systems let us study in detail the mass transfer episodes before and after the common envelope, and I present the evidences for mass transfer – and accretion – prior to the common envelope phase.
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