• XLVIII. The density of white dwarf stars

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      The density of the white dwarf stars is reconsidered from the point of view of the theory of the poly tropic gas spheres, and gives for themean density of a white dwarf (under ideal conditions) the formula ρ=2.162 × 106 × (M/⊙)2.

      The above formula is derived on considerations which are a much nearer approximation to the conditionsactually existent in a white dwarf than the previous calculations of Stoner based on uniform density distribution in the star and which gave for the limiting density the formula ρ=3.977 × 106 × (M/⊙)2.

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