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Unformatted text preview: MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 8.044 Statistical Physics I Spring 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms . Image from Astronomy Picture of the Day (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/). Courtesy of NASA. Stellar Configurations Self gravitating Self-consistent solution needed Different processes resist collapse 8.044 L32B1 Planets Gravity weak because of small M Atomic forces provide balancing pressure 8.044 L32B2 Image from Astronomy Picture of the Day (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/). Courtesy of NASA. Normal Stars Gravitational energy starts process Fusion then supplies energy Plasma of electrons and nuclei Kinetic pressure, P = nkT 1 Radiation pressure, P = 3 u ( T ), helps and domi- nates above about 10 M 8.044 L32B3 Image from Astronomy Picture of the Day (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/). Courtesy of NASA. Image from Astronomy Picture of the Day (http://antwrp....
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