Evolution Through Helium Burning: Intermediate-Mass Stars

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


After the main-sequence the evolution of stars begins to depend more and more on their initial mass. The discussion of post-main sequence evolution is therefore best split into different mass ranges. We begin with the intermediate mass range and the evolution through the second major burning phase, core helium burning. Typical representatives of this phase and mass range are the classical Cepheids.


Main Sequence Stellar Mass Hydrogen Burning Evolutionary Track Convective Core 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Kippenhahn
    • 1
  • Alfred Weigert
    • 2
  • Achim Weiss
    • 3
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany

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