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Characterising young eclipsing binaries and their environments in NGC 2264

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Stellar evolution models underpin much of astrophysics, yet they are severely under-constrained on the pre-main sequence. The masses, radii, temperatures and luminosities of detached double-lined eclipsing binaries (EBs) can be determined in a model-independent manner from the light and radial velocity curves of the system. When these reach a precision of a few percent or less, they provide one of the most powerful observational tests of stellar evolution theory. Furthermore, young binary ...

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Astrophysics; Oriel College, University of Oxford
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ST/J500641/1
Funding agency for:
Edward Gillen
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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