Stars II. Stellar Physics. Overview of the structure of stars Still, First the Sun as an example. Overview of basic processes. Nuclear energy production energy transport (radiation, convection) ;
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Nuclear energy production energy transport (radiation, convection) ;
for a system in a long-time equilibrium, mass conservation, energy conservation, force balance.
Mathematically the conditions for the internal equilibrium of a star can be expressed as four differential equations governing the distribution of mass, gas pressure and energy production and transport in the star.
Plus the Equation of State (Physical State of the Gas) and Boundary Conditions.
These equations will be derived soon.
Energy transport I: radiation
The solar convection is visible on the surface as the granulation. At the bright (high-T) center of each granule, gas is rising upward, and at the darker (lower-T) granule boundaries, it is sinking down again. The size of a granule seen from the Earth is typically 1”, corresponding to about 1000 km on the solar surface. There is also a larger scale convection called supergranulation in the photosphere. The cells of the supergranulation may be about 1’ in diameter.
These sound waves, and the modes of vibration they produce, can be used to probe the interior of the sun the same way that geologists uses seismic waves from earthquakes to probe the inside of the earth. Some of these waves travel right through the center of the sun. Others are bent back toward the surface at shallow depths. Helioseismologists can use the properties of these waves to determine the temperature, density, composition, and motion of the interior of the sun.
The sound waves set the sun vibrating in millions of different patterns or modes:
One mode of vibration is shown in the preceding image
as a pattern of surface displacements exaggerated by over 1000 times:
The goal is to understand the inner structure of stars, their equilibrium configurations, nuclear burning, energy transport and evolution. In the standard model, we assume that a star can be treated as a spherically symmetric gas sphere (no non-radial motions, no magnetic fields). This is a reasonably good approximation for most stars. The task is solved within the approximation when we have determined:
Which equations constrain these parameters?
in a shell of radius r and thickness dr
transport would imply zero luminosity and the explosion of the star).
[In this generality, the theorem is not proven. Local uniqueness can be shown, however. Also, the theorem is based on the wrong assumption that the chemical composition of a star is homogenous.]
That is, all the parameters of a star (its spectral type, luminosity, size, radius and temperature) are determined primarily by its mass. The emphasis on `primarily' is important since this only applies during the `normal' or hydrogen burning phase of a star's life.
理论上，有唯一解 （Vogt-Russell theorem）；
Standard Solar Model [Bahcall & Pinsonneault, Phys. Lett. B, 433 (1998) 1-8]
(T<2x107 K; stars with M≤Msun)
(stars with mass≥1.2Msun)
Carbon burning; Oxygen burning; Silicon burning
C, N, O as catalysts