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Main Sequence Stars and their Lifetimes 1.Luminosity (from Brightness and Distance) 2.Mass (from Doppler shifts in Binary Stars) 3.Temperature (from absorption.

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1 Main Sequence Stars and their Lifetimes 1.Luminosity (from Brightness and Distance) 2.Mass (from Doppler shifts in Binary Stars) 3.Temperature (from absorption lines: Doppler Thermometer) 4.Radius (from Luminosity and Temperature; deduced) Soon, we will learn how to measure the Lifetimes of Main Sequence Stars!

2 HR Diagram for Stars small & hot small & cool big & hot big & cool Units Of Sun’s radius

3 L = Area x Flux Area = R 2 Flux ~ T 4 Luminosity, L, depends upon 1.Surface flux, F 2.Total Surface Area Surface flux, F, is the light energy radiated from every unit area of the stars surface, it is temperature dependent (i.e. blackbody spectrum) Surface area is radius dependent We have L ~ R 2 T 4

4 Main Sequence Mass Relationship L = M 3.5 As temperature increases, mass increases! As mass increases, luminosity increases!

5 Main Sequence is O, B, A, F, G, K, M decreasing temperatureincreasing temperature decreasing size decreasing mass decreasing luminosity increasing size increasing mass increasing luminosity This applies to the Main Sequence Only Other Luminosity Classes do NOT obey all these trends.

6 The Life Expectancies of Main Sequence Stars, Part 1 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF LIFETIMES The more fuel; the longer the life time… The slower the consumption of fuel, the longer the life time… Lifetime = Amount of Fuel Rate of Fuel Consumption The Amount of Fuel is proportional to the star’s mass, M The Rate of Fuel Consumption is proportional to the star’s luminosity, L The luminosity depends upon mass! L = M 3.5

7 The Life Expectancies of Main Sequence Stars, Part 2 Therefore, the lifetime can be written using only the star’s mass! If we write the mass in solar units, then the lifetime is given in solar lifetimes. The sun’s lifetime is roughly 10 billion years, or Lifetime = 10 x 10 9 yr Lifetime ~ M M 3.5 = 1 M solar mass star lives 5-6 solar life times, or 56 x 10 9 years 4.0 solar mass star lives solar life times, or 310 x 10 6 years 40.0 solar mass star lives solar life times, or 1 x 10 6 years M A O M L = Large Mass Stars Have Shorter Lives

8 Main Sequence is O, B, A, F, G, K, M decreasing temperatureincreasing temperature decreasing size decreasing mass decreasing luminosity increasing size increasing mass increasing luminosity This applies to the Main Sequence Only Other Luminosity Classes do NOT obey all these trends. increasing lifetimedecreasing lifetime The most massive stars live short lifetimes.

9 Zero Age Main Sequence Evolutionary Tracks When Main Sequence Stars are newly born they are called Zero Age Main Sequence stars. (the red line on the graph) As they convert hydrogen to helium in their cores, their temperatures decrease and their luminosities increase slightly. This is due to an increase in the stars’ radii. This moves the star to the upper right on the HR diagram as they age. The “path of migration” on the HR diagram is called an evolutionary track.


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