Isentropic stars in general relativity
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In an investigation of the evolution of homogeneous, isentropic, stars through stages of diminishing entropy, Rakavy and Shaviv (1968) have recently found that stars of mass less thanMc (Chandrasekhar's limiting mass for white dwarfs) evolve into white dwarfs, while stars of mass greater thanMc approach a (singular) state of minimum entropy. An elementary explanation of these results is given and qualitative effects of general relativity are discussed. It is found that stars which are lighter than the Oppenheimer and Volkoff (1939) limit become white dwarfs, while heavier stars must become dynamically unstable at a finite stage in their evolution.
KeywordsEntropy General Relativity Qualitative Effect Minimum Entropy Elementary Explanation
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