Eddington limit

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Eddington limit

(ˈɛdɪŋtən)
n
(Astronomy) astronomy the theoretical upper limit of luminosity that a star of a given mass can reach; occurs when the outward force of the radiation just balances the inward gravitational force
[C20: named after A. S. Eddington (1882–1944), English astronomer and physicist]
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For such stars luminosity is proportional to mass as shown by the Eddington luminosity equation.
82-84) In this analysis, one needs to introduce the Eddington ratio [lambda], the bolometric luminosity divided by the Eddington luminosity, given as [L.