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  Mirror principle and the red-giant bump: the battle of entropy in low-mass stars

Hekker, S., Angelou, G. C., Elsworth, Y., & Basu, S. (2020). Mirror principle and the red-giant bump: the battle of entropy in low-mass stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 492(4), 5940-5948. doi:10.1093/mnras/staa176.

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Hekker, Saskia1, Author              
Angelou, G C, Author
Elsworth, Y, Author
Basu, S, Author
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1Max Planck Research Group in Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution (SAGE), Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_2265636              

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 Abstract: The evolution of low-mass stars into red giants is still poorly understood. During this evolution the core of the star contracts and, simultaneously, the envelope expands – a process known as the ‘mirror’. Additionally, there is a short phase where the trend for increasing luminosity is reversed. This is known as the red giant branch bump. We explore the underlying physical reasons for these two phenomena by considering the specific entropy distribution in the star and its temporal changes. We find that between the luminosity maximum and luminosity minimum of the bump there is no mirror present and the star is fully contracting. The contraction is halted and the star regains its mirror when the hydrogen-burning shell reaches the mean molecular weight discontinuity. This marks the luminosity minimum of the bump.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa176
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Title: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  Other : Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc.
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Oxford University Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 492 (4) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 5940 - 5948 Identifier: ISSN: 1365-8711
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1000000000024150