Mónica Zorotovic

PhD in Astronomy, Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Evolution of close compact binaries, common envelope phase, cataclysmic variables, SNe Ia progenitors, planets around evolved binaries.

My work is focused on the simulation of close compact binary stars, and the comparison of these with observational data. The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the common envelope phase, a phase that most of these stars undergo, which is a clue for understanding the evolution of some of the most interesting objects in the universe, such as type Ia supernovae, cataclysmic variables, or close double white dwarfs, to name a few. In addition, the recently suggested possibility of planets around evolved close compact binaries has raised the interest in knowing how they might have formed.