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The code contained in public_poly.tbz computes the structure of stars that are in hydrostatic equilibrium and obey a polytropic equation of state. The code solves the dimensionless Lane-Emden equation and writes out a solution in physical units. Certain polytropic stars are related cold white dwarfs.

image Various pathways in the PV-plane for a polytropic equation of state. Note that gamma = 1/n + 1 = n when n is equal to the golden ratio.
image Numerical solutions to the Lane-Emden equation. For n < 5, the solutions can be continued to negative y. Although not physical, such solutions exists mathematically, and are quite useful for determining the values of x and dy/dx when y is zero. It's an exercise for the user to compare the computed surface values with other's tabulated values.
image Difference between the analytical and numerical solutions for n = 0, 1, and 5 for various integration accuracies.
image The larger n, the more extended the object. Other physical properties can be plotted from the generated output files.
image It was a good day. Chicago. 2nd floor LASR.
 



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