The Chemical Composition

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


The chemical composition of stellar matter is obviously very important, since it directly influences such basic properties as absorption of radiation or generation of energy by nuclear reactions. These reactions in turn alter the chemical composition, which represents a long-lasting record of the nuclear history of the star.


Nuclear Reaction Convective Zone Diffusion Velocity Temperature Diffusion Convective Region 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

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

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