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American Journal of Physics
written by Roger Balian and Jean-Paul Blaizot
The physics of stars is a goldmine of problems in statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. We discuss many examples that illustrate the possibility of deepening student's knowledge of statistical mechanics by an introductory study of stars. The matter constituting the various stellar objects provides examples of equations of state for classical or quantum and relativistic or non-relativistic gases. Maximum entropy can be used to characterize thermodynamic and gravitational equilibrium which determines the structure of stars and predicts their instability above a certain mass. Contraction accompanying radiation induces either heating or cooling, which explains the formation of stars above a minimum mass. The characteristics of the emitted light are understood from blackbody radiation and from the Boltzmann–Lorentz kinetic equation for photons. The luminosity is governed by the transport of heat by photons from the center to the surface. Heat production by thermonuclear fusion is determined by microscopic balance equations. The stability of the steady state of stars is controlled by the interplay of thermodynamics and gravitation.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 67, Issue 12, Pages 1189-1206
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DOI:
10.1119/1.19105
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0002-9505
Keywords:
astrophysics, blackbody radiation, equation of state, neutron stars, nuclear reactions, white dwarfs
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R. Balian and J. Blaizot, Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1189 (1999), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19105).
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R. Balian and J. Blaizot, Stars and statistical physics: A teaching experience, Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1189 (1999), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19105>.
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Balian, R., & Blaizot, J. (1999, September 8). Stars and statistical physics: A teaching experience. Am. J. Phys., 67(12), 1189-1206. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19105
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Balian, Roger, and Jean-Paul Blaizot. "Stars and statistical physics: A teaching experience." Am. J. Phys. 67, no. 12, (September 8, 1999): 1189-1206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19105 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Balian, Roger, and Jean-Paul Blaizot. "Stars and statistical physics: A teaching experience." Am. J. Phys. 67.12 (1999): 1189-1206. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19105>.
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