Stellar Evolution

  • Hannu Karttunen
  • Pekka Kröger
  • Heikki Oja
  • Markku Poutanen
  • Karl Johan Donner


In the preceding chapter we have seen how one can compute the evolution of a star by starting from a homogeneous model representing a newly formed system. When the chemical composition of the star changes with time, a new model is computed each time. In this chapter we shall consider the theoretical evolutionary paths of systems with various masses and see how the computed evolution explains the observational data. The following discussion is rather qualitative, since the details of the theoretical calculations are too involved for the present book.


Neutron Star Massive Star White Dwarf Main Sequence Stellar Evolution 
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Further Reading

  1. Bowers, Deeming: Astrophysics I: Stars, Jones and Bartlett Publishers 1984.Google Scholar
  2. Böhm-Vitense: Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics; Cambridge University Press, Vol. 1–3 1989–1992.Google Scholar
  3. Clayton: Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis,McGraw-Hill 1968.Google Scholar
  4. Hansen, Kawaler: Stellar interiors, Physical principles, structure and evolution, Springer 1994.Google Scholar
  5. Harpaz: Stellar Evolution,Peters Wellesley 1994.Google Scholar
  6. Kippenhahn, Weigert: Stellar Structure and Evolution, Springer, 2nd ed. 1994.Google Scholar
  7. Phillips: The physics of Stars,Manchester Phys. Ser. 1994, 2nd ed. 1999.Google Scholar
  8. Taylor: The Stars: their structure and evolution,Cambridge University Press 1994.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu Karttunen
    • 1
  • Pekka Kröger
    • 2
  • Heikki Oja
    • 3
  • Markku Poutanen
    • 4
  • Karl Johan Donner
    • 5
  1. 1.Tuorla ObservatoryUniversity of TurkuPiikkiöFinland
  2. 2.HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Observatory and University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Finnish Geodetic InstituteMasalaFinland
  5. 5.Finnish Geodetic InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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