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Spin Down in Subgiant Stars: Tests of Physics and Main Sequence Braking Models

van Saders, Jennifer

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  "description": "<p>The prospect of precise, rotation-based stellar ages drives the development of magnetic braking models for Sun-like stars. The vast majority of these magnetic braking laws have been calibrated on and for main sequence stars. While rotation-age relations lack the same utility on the subgiant branch, subgiant rotational behavior remains an excellent test of the underlying stellar evolutionary models and the magnetic braking prescriptions themselves. I will extend two different main sequence braking models onto the subgiant branch: a &ldquo;standard&rdquo; model in which angular momentum loss occurs smoothly over the entire main sequence, and the more recent &ldquo;weakened&rdquo; magnetic braking model, in which spin down halts roughly midway through the main sequence. I will show that subgiant rotation rates are a discriminating test of whether weakened braking actually occurs on the main sequence, with period predictions that can differ by greater than 50% from the standard case.</p>", 
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  "creator": [
      "affiliation": "University of Hawaii", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "van Saders, Jennifer"
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  "datePublished": "2021-02-26", 
  "keywords": [
    "Post main sequence cool stars"
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  "contributor": [
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Wolk, Scott"
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    "alternateName": "CS20.5", 
    "location": "virtually anywhere", 
    "@type": "Event", 
    "name": "The 20.5th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun"
  "name": "Spin Down in Subgiant Stars: Tests of Physics and Main Sequence Braking Models"
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