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Course Dual Degree (B. Tech + M.S / M.Tech)
Semester Sem. VIII
Subject Code ESA421
Subject Title Structure and Evolution of Stars


Mechanical, Thermal and Nuclear time scales – Hydrostatic equilibrium (Newtonian and Relativistic) – Polytropic Equation of State – Lane Emden Equation – Degenerte matter Equation of State – White Dwafs and Chandrasekhar limit – Virial Theorem - Radiative Equilibrium – Schwarzschild convection criterion – nuclear energy generation – stages of nuclear burning – full set of stellar structure equations – example solutions – HR diagram and the main sequence – Schonberg-Chandrasekhar limit – post- main sequence evolution – Hayashi tracks – Horizontal branch – giant and asymptotic giant branches – planetary nebula formation – supernovae – compact objects.

Text Books

1. R. Kippenhahn and A. Weigert, Stellar Structure and Evolution, Springer.

2. A. Weiss et al, Cox and Giuli’s Principles of Stellar Evolution, Cambridge Scientific Publishers.

3. Dina Prialnik, An introduction to the theory of stellar structure and evolution, Cambridge University Press.

4. S. Chandrasekhar, An introduction to the Study of Stellar Structure, Dover.


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