Physics of white dwarf stars

  title={Physics of white dwarf stars},
  author={Detlev Koester and Ganesar Chanmugam},
  journal={Reports on Progress in Physics},
White dwarf stars, compact objects with extremely high interior densities, are the most common end product in the evolution of stars. The authors review the history of their discovery, and of the realisation that their structure is determined by the physics of the degenerate electron gas. Spectral types and surface chemical composition show a complicated pattern dominated by diffusion processes and their interaction with accretion, convection and mass loss. While this interaction is not… Expand
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