Common Envelope Evolution through Planetary Nebula Eyes

Orsola De Marco
2005 AIP Conference Proceedings  
The common envelope interaction is responsible for evolved close binaries. Among them are a minority of central stars of planetary nebula (PN). Recent observational results, however, point to most PN actually being in binary systems. We therefore ask the question if it is feasible that most, or even all Galactic PN derive from a common envelope interaction. Our recent calculation finds that if all single and binary primary stars with mass between ~1-8 Mo eject a PN, there would be many more PN
more » ... n the galaxy than observed. On the other hand, the predicted number of post-common envelope PN is more in agreement with the total number of PN in the Galaxy. This is a new indication that binary interactions play a functional role in the creation of PN and an encouragement to intensify efforts to detect binary companions.
doi:10.1063/1.2146264 fatcat:iflogdzgurcidecapk32n2mbou