Vol 17, No 12 (2017) / André

Stellar structure model in hydrostatic equilibrium in the context of f(R)-gravity

Raíla André, Gilberto M. Kremer


In this work we present a stellar structure model from the f(R)-gravity point of view capable of describing some classes of stars (white dwarfs, brown dwarfs, neutron stars, red giants and the Sun). This model is based on f(R)-gravity field equations for f(R) = R + f2R2, hydrostatic equilibrium equation and a polytropic equation of state. We compare the results obtained with those found by Newtonian theory. It has been observed that in these systems, where high curvature regimes emerge, stellar structure equations undergo modifications. Despite the simplicity of this model, the results are satisfactory. The estimated values of pressure, density and temperature of the stars are within those determined by observations. This f(R)-gravity model has proved to be necessary to describe stars with strong fields such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and brown dwarfs, while stars with weaker fields, such as red giants and the Sun, are best described by Newtonian theory.


cosmology: theory — stars: general — massive — brown dwarfs — white dwarfs — neutron

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674–4527/17/12/122


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