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cold mass accretion

(stellar accretion through an accretion disk)

Cold mass accretion (CMA) is a model of protostar accretion where the accreting material is from a protoplanetary disk and covers only a small portion of the stellar surface allowing most of the star to radiate freely. Hot mass accretion consists of material accreting over much of the surface and affecting its emitted radiation.

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