Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 77–98 | Cite as

Slow deflagration: A mechanism for mass ablation from degenerate stars

  • A. Braun
  • G. Rakavy
  • R. Yahel


We investigate the structure of a slow reaction front on the surface of a dwarf, with a wake of escaping matter above it. We give simple expressions for all the important properties of such a front.

It is found that a hydrogen or helium burning front is possible on a dwarf heavier than about one solar mass. For heavier fuels such a process seems impossible.


Hydrogen Burning Helium Simple Expression Slow Reaction 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Co 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Braun
    • 1
  • G. Rakavy
    • 1
  • R. Yahel
    • 1
  1. 1.Racah Institute of Physics, Dept of Theoretical PhysicsThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalem

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