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Why do stars become giants?

Whitworth, Anthony Peter 1991. Why do stars become giants? Annales de Physique 16 (4) , pp. 515-526. 10.1051/anphys:01991001604051500

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In this paper I explain why stars become giants; and I review earlier work, indicating why there has been so little consensus on this question despite over fifty years of investigation. The mechanism causing giantness is not simple. It involves a complex natural conspiracy in which there are four critical roles. These roles are played by eight different physical effects

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: giant stars; stellar evolution; stellar structure; giant stars formation; stellar evolution; stellar structure equations singular behaviour; giant stars envelopes; stellar core mass; Schonberg Chandrasekhar limit; stellar mass loss; critical core structure; degenerate cores; non degenerate cores; physical effects; He core mass; stellar He ignition
Publisher: EDP sciences
ISSN: 0003-4169
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:03

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