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Hayashi track

(H-R diagram track of evolution of some pre-main-sequence stars)

A Hayashi track is a track along a H-R diagram (HRD) showing the evolution of a pre-main-sequence star, i.e., each point on the track indicates the position of that body at some point in its life. In particular, it outlines a phase in which the star is fully convective, something that occurs in the early lifetimes of stars of up to 3 solar masses. The exact track depends upon the mass, metallicity and helium abundance (mass fractions) of the star. The tracks were worked out numerically and are checked against observations of star-forming regions. Stars which do not remain fully convective (i.e., larger than red dwarfs) subsequently follow the Henyey track.

(stars,stellar evolution,protostars,H-R diagram)
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Referenced by pages:
evolutionary track
Hayashi limit
Henyey track