Volume 552, April 2013
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||19 March 2013|
The internal structure of neutron stars and white dwarfs, and the Jacobi virial equation. II.
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía,
CSIC, Apartado 3004,
2 Department of Physics, University of Basel, Klingelbergstr. 82, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
Accepted: 30 January 2013
Context. The Jacobi virial equation is a very powerful tool for exploring several aspects of the stellar internal structure and evolution. In a previous paper we have shown that the function [αβ]GR Lambda0.9(R) is constant (≈0.4) for pre main-sequence stars (PMS), white dwarfs (WD) and for some neutron star (NS) models, where αGR and βGR are the form-factors of the gravitational potential energy and of the moment of inertia.
Aims. To investigate the structural evolution of another type of celestial bodies, we extend these calculations to gaseous planets. We also analyse the cases for which this function is not conserved during some stellar evolutionary phases. Concerning NS, we study the influence of the equation of state (EOS) on this function and refine the exponent of the auxiliary function Λ(R). We also present a macroscopic criterion of stability for these stars.
Methods. Non-stop calculations from the PMS to the white dwarf cooling sequences were performed with the MESA code. The covered mass range was 0.1–1.7 M⊙. We used the same code to compute models for gaseous planets with masses between 0.1–50 MJ. Neutron star models were computed using two codes. The first one is a modified version of the NSCool/TOV subroutines. The second code is a plain TOV solver that allows one to use seven previously described EOS. The relativistic moment of inertia and gravitational potential energy were computed through a fourth-order Runge-Kutta method.
Results. By analysing the internal structure of gaseous planets we show that the function [αβ]GR/Λ0.8(R) ≡ Γ(M,EOS) is conserved for all models during the whole planetary evolution and is independent of the planet mass. For the PMS to the white dwarf cooling sequences, we have found a connection between the strong variations of Γ(M,EOS) during the intermediary evolutionary phases and the specific nuclear power. A threshold for the specific nuclear power was found. Below this limit this function is invariant (≈0.4) for these models, i.e., at the initial and final stages (PMS and WD). For NS, we showed that the function Γ(M,EOS) is also invariant (≈0.4) and is independent of the EOS and of the stellar mass. Therefore, we confirm that regardless of the final products of the stellar evolution, NS or WD, they recover the initial value of Γ(M,EOS) ≈ 0.4 acquired at the PMS. Finally, we have introduced a macroscopic stability criterion for NS models based on the properties of the relativistic product [αβ]GR.
Key words: stars: evolution / stars: interiors / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: neutron / white dwarfs
© ESO, 2013
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