EAS Publications Series
Volume 69-70, 2014What the Highest Angular Resolution Can Bring to Stellar Astrophysics?
|Page(s)||297 - 308|
|Published online||10 September 2015|
F. Millour, A. Chiavassa, L. Bigot, O. Chesneau, A. Meilland and Ph. Stee (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 69–70 (2014) 297-308
Theory of stellar distortion by fast rotators
Space Research Group, University of Alcalá, 28871 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Rotation has a strong influence in the structure of stars. The centrifugal force caused by rotation produces a deformation of the star that also affects the profile of brightness at its surface, this is known as gravity darkening. In this chapter we will construct a simple model to predict the shape and surface brightness of a rotating star.
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