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The Virial Theorem

  • Rudolf Kippenhahn
  • Alfred Weigert
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Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Abstract

While the virial theorem plays a relatively minor role generally in physics, it is of vital importance for the understanding of stars. It connects two important energy reservoirs of a star and allows predictions and interpretations of certain evolutionary phases.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Kippenhahn
    • 1
  • Alfred Weigert
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany

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