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1 How Long do Stars Live (as Main Sequence Stars)? A star on Main Sequence has fusion of H to He in its core. How fast depends on mass of H available and rate of fusion. Mass of H in core depends on mass of star. Fusion rate is related to luminosity (fusion reactions make the radiation energy). So, lifetime α Because luminosity α lifetime α mass of core fusion rate α mass of star luminosity A: 1 billion years = 109 years B: 10 billion years = 1010 years C: 100 billion years = 1011 years (mass) 3, mass or (mass) 3 What is the expected lifetime for a G2 star (one just like our Sun)? 1 (mass) 2 D: 1 trillion years = 1012 years So if the Sun's lifetime is 10 billion years, a 30 MSun star's lifetime is only 10 million years. Such massive stars live only "briefly". What would be the lifetime of a star three times more massive as our sun? A: 1 billion years = 109 years B: 10 billion years = 1010 years C: 100 billion years = 1011 years D: 1 trillion years = 1012 years The Interstellar Medium (ISM) of the Milky Way Galaxy Or: The Stuff (gas and dust) Between the Stars Why study it? Stars form out of it. Stars end their lives by returning gas to it. The ISM has: a wide range of structures a wide range of densities ( atoms / cm3) a wide range of temperatures (10 K K) 1

2 Compare density of ISM with Sun or planets: Sun and Planets: 1-5 g / cm3 ISM average: 1 atom / cm3 Mass of one H atom is g! So ISM is about 1024 times as tenuous as a star or planet! ISM consists of gas (mostly H, He) and dust. 98% of mass is in gas, but dust, only 2%, is also observable. Effects of dust on light: 1) "Extinction" Blocks out light 2) "Reddening" Blocks out short wavelength light better than long wavelength light => makes objects appear redder. Grain sizes typically 10-5 cm. Composition uncertain, but probably silicates, graphite and iron. Rosette Nebula Gas Structures in the ISM Emission Nebulae or H II Regions Regions of gas and dust near stars just formed. The Hydrogen is essentially fully ionized. Temperatures near 10,000 K Sizes about 1-20 pc. Lagoon Nebula Hot tenuous gas => emission lines (Kirchhoff's Laws) Why red? From one bright emission line of H. But that requires H atoms, and isn't all the H ionized? Not quite. Tarantula Nebula Red color comes from one emission line of H (tiny fraction of H is atoms, not ionized). Why is the gas ionized? Remember, takes energetic UV photons to ionize H. Hot, massive stars produce huge amounts of these. Sea of protons and electrons Such short-lived stars spend all their lives in the stellar nursery of their birth, so emission nebulae mark sites of ongoing star formation. Once in a while, a proton and electron will rejoin to form H atom. Can rejoin to any energy level. Then electron moves to lower levels. Emits photon when it moves downwards. One transition produces red photon. This dominates emission from nebula. Many stars of lower mass are forming too, but make few UV photons. Why "H II Region? H I: Hydrogen atom H II: Ionized Hydrogen... O III: Oxygen missing two electrons etc. 2

3 H I Gas and 21-cm radiation Gas in which H is atomic. Fills much (most?) of interstellar space. Density ~1 atom / cm 3. Too cold (~100 K) to give optical emission lines. Primarily observed through radiation of H at wavelength of 21 cm. H I accounts for almost half the mass in the ISM: ~2 x 10 9 M Sun! HI in IC 342 from VLA Galaxy IC 342 in visible light Origin of 21-cm photon: The proton and electron each have spin. A result from quantum mechanics: if both spinning the same way, atom's energy is slightly higher. Eventually will make transition to state of opposite spins. Energy difference is small -> radio photon emitted, wavelength 21-cm. Molecular Gas It's in the form of cold (~10 K) dense (~ molecules / cm 3 ) clouds. Molecular cloud masses: M Sun! Sizes: a few to 100 pc or so molecular clouds in ISM. Total mass about equal to H I mass. Optically, seen as dark dust clouds. What does does ionized Helium, He II, contain? A: He nucleus only B: He nucleus and one electron C: He nucleus and two electrons D: He nucleus and three electrons What is an H II region? A: A cold region where the hydrogen gas is mostly molecular B: A region filled with neutral hydrogen gas C: A region where there is hydrogen gas is mostly ionized. D: A region where the hydrogen gas is mostly atomic. 3

4 We can observe emission from molecules. Most abundant is H 2 (don't confuse with H II), but its emission is extremely weak, so other "trace" molecules observed: CO H 2 O HCN NH 3 etc... (carbon monoxide) (water vapor) (hydrogen cyanide) (ammonia) These emit photons with wavelengths near 1 mm when they make a rotational energy level transition. Observed with radio telescopes. False-color of CO emission from Orion molecular cloud complex. Best studied case. 500 pc away. 400,000 M Sun of gas. Note complicated structure! approximate position of Orion nebula Molecular Clouds important because stars form out of them! They tend to be associated with Emission Nebulae. Star Formation Stars form out of molecular gas clouds. Clouds must collapse to form stars (remember, stars are ~10 20 x denser than a molecular cloud). Probably new molecular clouds form continually out of less dense gas. Some collapse under their own gravity. Others may be more stable. Magnetic fields and rotation also have some influence. When a cloud starts to collapse, it should fragment. Fragments then collapse on their own, fragmenting further. End product is 100 s or 1000 s of dense clumps each destined to form star, binary star, etc. Hence a cloud gives birth to a cluster of stars. Gravity makes cloud want to collapse. Outward gas pressure resists collapse, like air in a bike pump. Fragments in Orion molecular cloud, about 1000 x denser than average gas in cloud. As a clump collapses, it heats up. Becomes very luminous. Now a protostar. May form proto-planetary disk. Protostar and proto-planetary disk in Orion 1700 AU Eventually hot and dense enough => spectrum approximately black-body. Can place on HR diagram. Protostar follows Hayashi tracks 4

5 Finally, fusion starts, stopping collapse: a star! Brown Dwarfs Some protostars not massive (< 0.08 MSun) enough to begin fusion. These are Brown Dwarfs or failed stars. Very difficult to detect because so faint. First seen in 1994 with Hubble. How many are there? Star reaches Main Sequence at end of Hayashi Track One cloud ( MSun) forms many stars, mainly in clusters, in different parts at different times. Massive stars ( M Sun) take about 106 years to form, least massive (0.1 MSun) about 109 years. Lower mass stars more likely to form. In Milky Way, a few stars form every year. The Eagle Nebula Other hot stars illuminating these clouds Molecular cloud surface illuminated by nearby hot stars. visible light infrared protostars not seen in visible light Radiation evaporates the surface, revealing a dense globule - a protostar. Shadow of the protostar protects a column of gas behind it. 1 pc Eventually structure separates from the cloud, and the protostar will be uncovered. Remember: longer wavelength radiation is not so easily absorbed by dust! Star Clusters Newly formed stars in Orion with Protoplanetary Disks (Hubble) Two kinds: 1) Open Clusters -Example: The Pleiades -10's to 100's of stars -Few pc across -Loose grouping of stars -Tend to be young (10's to 100's of millions of years, not billions, but there are exceptions) 5

6 2) Globular Clusters - few x 10 5 or 10 6 stars - size about 50 pc - very tightly packed, roughly spherical shape - billions of years old Clusters are crucial for stellar evolution studies because: 1) All stars in a cluster formed at about same time (so all have same age) A giant protostar of 100 R sun is heated by what process? A: burning of chemical elements B: nuclear fission C: gravitational collapse D: nuclear fusion 2) All stars are at about the same distance 3) All stars have same chemical composition Star formation in the ISM today happens most often: A: In the Oort cloud. B: In dense molecular clouds. C: In the central parsecs of the Galaxy. D: In globular clusters 6

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