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Evolution Through Helium Burning — Low-Mass Stars

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

Abstract

Compared to massive stars, those of lower masses (typically M < 2.3M) evolve in a qualitatively different way after the exhaustion of hydrogen in their central regions. There are several reasons for this difference. Low-mass main-sequence stars have small, or no, convective cores and degeneracy is important, if not on the main sequence, then shortly afterwards. In addition they start at a point on the main sequence much closer to the Hayashi line than the starting points of massive stars.

Keywords

Massive Star Main Sequence Asymptotic Giant Branch Evolutionary Track Convective Core 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

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

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