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Pure radiation spheres which approximate some models of super massive stars and white dwarfs where low-mass, high velocity electrons, were kept in check by the high-mass, 38 The Virial Theorem in Stellar Astrophysics low velocity nucleons). In addition, Lagrange's identity is applicable to systems which are not in equilibrium and hence may be relativistic. For this reason, we have developed the special and general relativistic versions of the theorem separately and will return in the last chapter to discuss some specific applications of them.
18) may be evaluated and the frequency for which it is stable to radial pulsations may be computed. However, for purposes of examining the behavior of a pulsating star we may assume the star is sufficiently homogeneous so that γ is constant. Also, let us assume the pulsation increases radially outward in a linear manner. 18) reduces to the extremely simple form 51 The Virial Theorem in Stellar Astrophysics σ2 = − (3γ − 4)Ω 0 . 19 In order to obtain a feeling for the formula we have developed, we shall attempt to estimate some approximation pulsation frequencies.
12 r0 where 2π/σ is the period of oscillation, we may re-write the variations of I and Ω as follows: 2δT ≅ 3∫ M . 14 = − 3ξ 0 + r0 0 e i σ t . 15 2δT = −3∫ 0 ( γ − 1) 3ξ 0 + r0 0 e i σ t dm(r0 ) . 16 2δT = −3 e i σ t ∫ 0 0 dm(r0 ) + 3 e i σ t ∫ ξ 0 ( γ − 1)dΩ 0 . 0 0 ρ 0 dr0 We now have all the material necessary to evaluate the variational form of the virial theorem to first order accuracy. 3), we obtain I0 M P ξ r dγ Ω0 Ω0 dm(r ) + 3e i σ t ∫ ξ 0 ( γ − 1)dΩ 0 − e i σ t ∫ ξdΩ 0 .