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TO NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS The Formation and the Evolution of topic within the Universe JEAN AUDOUZE lnstitut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France and SYLVIE VA UCLAI R DAPHE, Ohservatoire de Meudon, France and lnstitut d'Astrophysique, Paris D, REIDEL PUBLISHING corporation DORDRECHT: HOLLAND/BOSTON: U. S. A. LONDON: ENGLAND Library of Congre~ Cataloging in e-book info Audouzc. Jean An advent to nuclear astrophysics. (Geophysics and astrophysics monographs; v. 18) En!. and up to date translation of L'Astrophysique nuclt\aire. contains bibliographies and index. \. Nuclear astrophysics. I. Vauclair, Sylvie, joint writer. II. identify. III. sequence. QB464. A9313 1979 523. 01'9'7 79-20752 ISBN-13: 978-90-277-1053-6 e-ISBN-13: 978-94-009-9477-5 DO I: 10. 1007/978-94-009-9477-5 released by way of D. Reidel Publishing corporation, P. O. field 17. Dordrecht, Holland bought and dispensed within the U. S. A. , Canada, and Mexico by way of D. Reidel Publishing corporation, Inc. Lincoln development. one hundred sixty previous Derby highway, Hingham, Mass. 02043, U. S. A. All Rights Reserved Copyright © 1980 through D. Reidel Publishing corporation, Dordrecht, Holland Softcover reprint of the hardcover 1st variation 1980 No a part of the fabric safe by means of this copyright observe could be reproduced or used in any shape or whatsoever, digital or mechanical, together with photocopying, recording or by means of any informational garage and retrieval method, with out written permission from the copyright proprietor desk OF CONTENTS IX FOREWORD creation xi XXI ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS bankruptcy I / THE OBSERVATIONAL foundation OF NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS 1. 1. the significance of the 4 primary Interactions 1 1. 2.

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B) The evolution ofa SM (;) star towards the main sequence. (e) The evolution of the same star after the main sequence. A SM(;) star stays approximately 108 yr on the main sequence (dashed line). collapse. The star goes on contracting in a thermostatic time (of the order of 10 7 yr). Its luminosity decreases while its external temperature remains approximately constant. The star is then entirely convective (like a boiling magma) and it may undergo violent events: the so-called 'T -Tauri stars' are presently in this phase of their evolution, as well as the 'flare stars', those very strange stars, for which the luminosity increases by a factor of 100 during a few seconds!

Then the ratio WI A, where A is the wavelength of the line, is plotted instead of W in ordinates. 4b) which allows the astronomers to derive stellar abundances with an uncertainty of a factor 2. Spectra of interstellar clouds and galaxies also give information on their composition. In the case of molecules, the lines correspond to changes in their rotation or vibration. They generally emit or absorb at radio wavelengths. From the profiles of these lines, one can deduce for example the number of molecules in the line of sight in the case of a thin cloud, the temperature of the cloud, etc....

It is during the radiative era that 4He and 3He have been formed as well as D, and probably 7Li (Chapter VII), while the majority of heavy elements are synthetized later in stars. 4. THE STELLAR ERA After the radiation period the stellar era begins. It is still going on to-day (about 10 10 yr). The matter left after the three prestellar periods has evolved into galaxies and stars, in a process which is still not very well understood. 8 K. "* The discovery made by Hubble that the redshift of a galaxy (and therefore its velocity) increases with the distance, is a strong argument in favor of the present expansion of the Universe.

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