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The interior structure constants as an age diagnostic for low-mass, pre-main-sequence detached eclipsing binary stars

Feiden, Gregory A.; Dotter, Aaron

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We propose a novel method for determining the ages of low-mass, pre-main-sequence stellar systems using the apsidal motion of low-mass detached eclipsing binaries. The apsidal motion of a binary system with an eccentric orbit provides information regarding the interior structure constants of the individual stars. These constants are related to the normalized stellar interior density distribution and can be extracted from the predictions of stellar evolution models. We demonstrate that low-mass,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/74297
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/765/2/86

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