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Stellar Evolution and Standard Candles

  • Vittorio Castellani
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 237)

Abstract

Our star, the Sun, has been the first stellar object which has early stimulated the investigation of the physics of stellar interiors. Here let me only remember the pioneering papers by Eddington who, as early as 1920, was firmly predicting the need for H burning nuclear reactions in the solar core, challenging the general opinion of laboratory physicists. Now we know that Eddington was right, and that the Sun is an evidence of the (at the time ignored) tunnel effect in the behavior of quantum particles. And, in the meantime, an evidence of how deep is the connection between stars and physics.

Keywords

White Dwarf Globular Cluster Main Sequence Stellar Evolution Stellar Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vittorio Castellani
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di PisaPisaItaly

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