Stellar Evolution in the Disks of Active Galactic Nuclei Produces Rapidly Rotating Massive Stars

@article{Jermyn2021StellarEI,
  title={Stellar Evolution in the Disks of Active Galactic Nuclei Produces Rapidly Rotating Massive Stars},
  author={Adam S. Jermyn and Alexander J. Dittmann and Matteo Cantiello and Rosalba Perna},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2021},
  volume={914}
}
Stars can either be formed in or captured by the accretion disks in active galactic nuclei (AGNs). These AGN stars are irradiated and subject to extreme levels of accretion, which can turn even low-mass stars into very massive ones (M > 100M ⊙) whose evolution may result in the formation of massive compact objects (M > 10M ⊙). Here we explore the spins of these AGN stars and the remnants they leave behind. We find that AGN stars rapidly spin up via accretion, eventually reaching near-critical… 

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