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On Taking Mixing-Length Theory Seriously

  • D. O. Gough (a1) and E. A. Spiegel (a2)

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There has been progress in convection theory in the past decade, mainly in the problem of mild convection. Yet, we are still not able to cope with vigorous convection such as we face in the envelopes of late-type stars. Most astrophysicists therefore use mixing-length theory and get on with calculating their models. As this situation may continue for a while, it may be a good thing to consider what mixing-length theory really is and to see whether it can be taken seriously as a physical model for stellar convection.

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On Taking Mixing-Length Theory Seriously

  • D. O. Gough (a1) and E. A. Spiegel (a2)

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