Satellite observations in various previously unexplored spectral regions have provided a host of data on novae over the last decade. This carefully refereed conference volume is devoted to classical novae and related objects. Around 30 papers discuss observations (basic properties of novae, outbursts, and nebular ejecta), theoretical considerations, and models of observations. In addition the reader will find an introductory review on binary stars by R.P. Kraft and a summary by P. Eggleton of the papers and posters presented at the conference. To help the reader in finding any specific subject or stellar object the volume concludes with a detailed index.
For the first time, in these proceedings, observations, models, and the theory of classical novae are discussed following some ten years of satellite observations in a broad range of spectra. This collection, very useful for students of astrophysics, is introduced by a review article on the subject and closes with a summary.
Welcome address.- Cataclysmic variables as binary stars: Then and now.- The long term behaviour of classical old novae.- Classical novae: Properties between outbursts.- Galactic distribution and outburst frequency of classical novae.- Novae in clusters and galaxies.- Strong magnetic fields in nova systems.- Quasi-periodic outburst activity of novae at minimum.- Spin period variations of the white dwarf in FO AQR/H2215-086.- The galactic nova rate.- A possible nova from the IRAS point source catalogue.- Where is nova 1437? Surprises in the space density of cataclysmic variables.- On the postoutburst far ultraviolet declines of WZ sagittae and V1500 CYGNI.- Spectroscopic observations of the southern old novae CP PUP and V841 OPH.- CP puppis: Another V1500 Cyg?.- The uv luminosity of old novae.- V 1500 Cyg: Slow variability in post-nova stage.- Maximum magnitude vs. rate of decline for novae of the LMC.- On V603 Aql and magnetic novae.- Optical studies of classical novae in outburst.- Chemistry of nova envelopes.- Ultraviolet observations of classical novae in outburst.- Multi-wavelength observations of novae in outburst.- New infrared results for classical novae.- Recent and future x-ray observations of classical novae during the outburst stage.- New results about post optical maximum oscillations of novae.- Simultaneous optical and UV spectra of the two LMC novae 1988.- Optical spectrophotometry of nova PW vulpeculae.- The early outburst spectra of nova V1506 CYGNI.- Mass of the, ejected envelope of LV vulpeculae.- The peculiar slow nova X serpentis.- Images and light curves of the radio remnants of novae.- Optical imagery of nova remnants.- Physical properties and abundances of novae in the nebular phase.- An H? image of nova V1500 cygni twelve years after outburst.- PAH'S and silicate emission in nova cen 1986.- Mm CO observation of the old nova NQ Vul.- Nova Ophiuchi 1988: 0.91.35 ?m spectroscopy.- Measurements of outburst characteristics, temperatures, densities and abundances in the ejecta of Nova Muscae 1983.- Element abundances of nova PW vulpeculae.- Chemical composition of Nova Centauri 1986.- Ultraviolet spectroscopy of the shell of RR pic.- Infrared spectra of recent novae.- The ionization of novae ejecta.- Winds from disks.- Physics of mass ejection during nova outbursts.- Effects of the presence of supercritical winds.- Formation and evolution of dust in novae.- Model atmospheres for novae during the early stages.- The continuum spectra of accretion discs in novalike objects.- Infra-red emission from classical novae.- Cool envelopes of post-novae constraints on the decline of the white dwarf.- Chemical routes to dust formation in the ejecta of novae.- Modelling the common envelope phase in classical novae.- Ionization and temperature structure in nova shells.- Formation of the balmer line in the optically thick nova envelope.- HeI emission line formation in symbiotic stars and novae.- Soft x-ray emission from classical novae in outburst.- Classical novae in the context of the evolution of cataclysmic binaries.- The origin and evolution of novae.- Novae between outbursts.- The cyclic evolution of classical novae.- Thermonuclear runaway model.- Theoretical implications of nova abundances.- The theoretical frequency of classical nova outbursts as a function of white dwarf mass.- Accretion on CO white dwarfs. influence of the external burning shells on the evolution.- Effective growth rate of white dwarf mass in nova outbursts.- The white dwarf mass and orbital period distributions in zero-age cataclysmic variables.- Diffusion in novae at high accretion rates.- On the nature of the outflow from nova stars occurring immediately after ejection of an envelope.- Novae as local thermonuclear runaways.- Recurrent novae.- The symbiotic novae.- Spectroscopic results of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi.- A spectroscopic survey of recurrent novae at minimum.- Possible x-ray flares in a recurrent nova.- The 1989 outburst of V404 cygni: A very unusual x-ray nova.- The structure of the envelopes of symbiotic novae.- HM Sge still evolving.- IR observations of the symbiotic nova HM sagittae.- The light curve of the symbiotic nova HM sagittae.- The nova type outburst of the symbiotic star AS 296.- Co-ordinated optical and radio observations of symbiotic stars.- High resolution spectroscopy of symbiotic stars.- Some comments on classical novae and related systems.