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Unformatted text preview: The WD limit Electron degeneracy cant support a WD more massive than ~1.4 Msun. What happens to a WD that explodes this limit? .carbon fuses and star explodes Mass trasnsfer onto a WD. Accretion disks Mass falling toward a WD has angular momentum The matter, therefore orbits the WD in on accretion disk Friction in the disk transfers angular momentum outward, allowing it to heat up and accrete Q. what would gas in disk do if there were no friction? A. it would orbit indefinitely...
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