Jean Louis Tassoul Languange: Princeton University Press Format Available: Written by two active astrophysical researchers, it has the distinction of being both a thorough history and an excellent introduction to the finer points of this difficult but important field. Rather than spoonfeeding sophisticated theory to its readers, as some books do, it leads its readers through the instructive if sometimes circuitous paths that the pioneers in the field followed.
Background on Solar Structure and Evolution Thermonuclear fusion makes stars like our Sun shine luminosity and produces nucleosynthesis chemical elements beyond hydrogen and helium, which compose rocky planets like Earth.
The rate at which energy is transferred from the interior of the Sun to the surface controls the rate of fusion, the stability, the longevity, and the luminosity of the Sun. Interactions of energy and matter determine the energy transfer rate and ultimately control the formation, composition, structure, functioning, and evolution of the Sun.
Thermonuclear fusion cannot occur at ordinary temperatures. How did the Sun become hot enough to initiate fusion? Why don't all nuclei fuse in a brief time period, or in other words, why is the Sun stable for billions of years?
Why is the average density of the Sun so low when its mass is so great and its gravitational field is so intense? Does any nucleus in the Sun have enough kinetic energy to overcome the intense electrostatic repulsion of its neighboring nuclei in order to approach close enough for fusion to occur?
How does the Sun lose the energy generated by fusion when the vacuum of space is an ideal thermal insulator? How does the Sun trap heat deep in its interior when photons travel at the speed of light? Is electron scattering a minor contributor to solar opacity?
Is free electron absorption of photons the dominant source of opacity in the core of the Sun? Is bound electron absorption of photons by the so-called metallic ions the dominant source of opacity in the radiative zone of the Sun?
How important is electron scattering of other electrons in minimizing thermal conduction? These studies investigate processes that control the rate at which energy is transferred from the interior of the Sun to the surface because this rate is fundamental to the long-term stable thermonuclear fusion process.
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The results could include a Mathcad computer model, a written report, a presentation, an exhibit, and a website. A possible theme of the work is that interactions of energy and matter control the formation, composition, structure, and evolution of stars and planets. These processes influence the origin, evolution, diversity, abundance, and distribution of life in the universe.
Current efforts focus on the Sun. I have obtained a copy of a Los Alamos National Lab solar astrophysics code for building a pre-main sequence star and following its evolution. This project involves compiling and running a powerful Fortran code, defining cases to study and problems to solve, and interpreting the results.
This is a great tool and a fantastic opportunity! Generate functions of composition, density, and temperature from the tables.
Compare to textbook opacity graphs and formulas for electron scattering and free and bound electron absorption. Estimate the importance of each effect throughout the Sun. Calculate photon mean free paths.
Determine the influence of metallic ions on solar luminosity and lifetime. Develop clear and accurate explanations of major features associated with solar structure and evolution including energy storage and transport.
Explain solar core contraction, envelope expansion, and changes in luminosity and surface temperature. Investigate convective processes and instability criteria and apply to the Sun or to a purely convective star. Examine atomic processes that make thermal conduction insignificant and study local thermal equilibrium.
Study electron mean free paths and transition rates that influence absorption and emission of photons. Investigate processes that influence fusion rates in the solar core including collision cross-sections, kinetic energy distributions, and electromagnetic repulsion effects.Donald D.
Clayton's Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis remains the standard work on the subject, a popular textbook for students in astronomy and astrophysics and a . Abstract. The structure, origin, and evolution of stars are of great interest to geochemists and cosmochemists.
After all, everything we study, from meteorites to the rocks, oceans, and the atmosphere of the Earth, is composed of chemical elements that were once in the interior of stars where most of them were made by nucleosynthesis.
One of my favorites is “Stellar Structure and Evolution” by Onno Pols. For additional browsing on several important topics, see: •Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, Donald D. Clayton (U. Chicago Press, ).
Stellar nucleosynthesis is the theory explaining the creation He introduced computers into time-dependent calculations of evolution of nuclear systems.
Clayton calculated the first time-dependent models of the S-process and of the R-process, Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis. University of Chicago Press. Donald D. Clayton's Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis remains the standard work on the subject, a popular textbook for students in astronomy and astrophysics and a rich.
Donald D. Clayton’s Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis remains the standard work on the subject, a popular textbook for students in astronomy and astrophysics and a rich sourcebook for researchers.
The basic principles of physics as they apply to the origin and evolution of stars and physical processes of the stellar .