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Unformatted text preview: o Produced in binary systems where hydrogen rich material falling onto surface of white dwarf “Non-Recurrent Novae” • Chandrasekher Limit for a white dwarf o Limiting mass that can be supported by electron degeneracy pressure • White dwarfs in binaries gain mass; what happens if they gain so much mass they exceed 1.4x mass of the sun? o Star blow up via Carbon Deflagration (WD shrinks, interior heats up, carbon starts to fuse under explosive conditions) o Produces a supernovae (Type Ia): complete destruction of White Dwarf...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course ASTRO 2 taught by Professor Corcoran during the Spring '11 term at GWU.
- Spring '11
- Neutron Stars