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Vogt-Russell theorem

(proposition that a star's structure depends on its mass and makeup)

The Vogt-Russell theorem is the proposition that a star's structure and evolution depends only on its mass and chemical makeup. Despite the term "theorem", it is not "proved" as would be a mathematical theorem. However, it is accepted as typically approximately true for main sequence stars in hydrostatic equilibrium, based on observation and current understanding of the structure of stars. It was devised when the mechanics of binary stars revealed stellar masses, which could be compared with spectrography and luminosity. Among the confounding factors are the effects of interactions with companion stars, such as mass transfer (c.f., Algol).


(stars,stellar evolution,stellar structure)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vogt-Russell_theorem
https://arxiv.org/abs/1504.08188
https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.11864
http://www.faculty.virginia.edu/ASTR5610/lectures/stellar_evolution/stellar_evo.html

Referenced by pages:
post-common envelope binary (PCEB)
stellar evolution

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