The Internal Constitution of Stars by Nikolai Kozyrev

//The Internal Constitution of Stars by Nikolai Kozyrev

Nikolai Kozryev is known most for his work with mirrors and their ability to transport consciousness.

He was jailed for ten years by communists and not for his work with mirrors it was because he was a cosmic whistle blower of the highest order. What follows is the intro from a deep scientific paper he wrote proving that stars cannot be huge balls of burning flame. This is only the tip of the iceberg for he is hinting at the unthinkable to the initiated… this is why he was blotted out.


This is a presentation of research into the inductive solution to the problem on the internal constitution of stars. The solution is given in terms of the analytic study of regularities in observational astrophysics. Conditions under which matter exists in stars are not the subject of a priori suppositions, they are the objects of research.


In the first part of this research we consider two main correlations derived from observations: “mass-luminosity” and “period — average density of Cepheids”. Results we have obtained from the analysis of the correlations are different to the standard theoretical reasoning about the internal constitution of stars. The main results are: (1) in any stars, including even super-giants, the radiant pressure plays no essential part — it is negligible in comparison to the gaseous pressure; (2) inner regions of stars are filled mainly by hydrogen (the average molecular weight is close to 1/2); (3) absorption of light is derived from Thomson dispersion in free electrons; (4) stars have an internal constitution close to polytropic structures of the class 3/2.


The results obtained, taken altogether, permit calculation of the physical conditions in the internal constitution of stars, proceeding from their observational characteristics L, M , and R. For instance, the temperature obtained for the centre of the Sun is about 6 million degrees. This is not enough for nuclear reactions.

In the second part, the Russell-Hertzsprung diagram, transformed according to physical conditions inside stars shows: the energy output inside stars is a simple function of the physical conditions. Instead of the transection line given by the heat output surface and the heat radiation surface, stars fill an area in the plane of density and temperature. The surfaces coincide, being proof of the fact that there is only one condition — the radiation condition. Hence stars generate their energy not in any reactions. Stars are machines, directly generating radiations. The observed diagram of the heat radiation, the relation “mass-luminosity-radius”, cannot be explained by standard physical laws. Stars exist in just those conditions where classical laws are broken, and a special mechanism for the generation of energy becomes possible. Those conditions are determined by the main direction on the diagram and the main point located in the direction. Physical coordinates of the main point have been found using observational data. The constants (physical coordinates) should be included in the theory of the internal constitution of stars which pretend to adequately account for observational data. There in detail manifests the inconsistency of the explanations of stellar energy as given by nuclear reactions, and also calculations as to the percentage of hydrogen and helium in stars.

Also considered are peculiarities of some sequences in the Russell-Hertzsprung diagram, which are interesting from the theoretical viewpoint.


∗Editor’s remark: This is the doctoral thesis of Nikolai Aleksandrovich

Kozyrev (1908–1983), the famous astronomer and experimental physicist one of the founders of astrophysics in the 1930’s, the discoverer of lunar volcanism (1958), and the atmosphere of Mercury (1963) (see the article Kozyrev in the Encyclopaedia Britannica). Besides his studies in astronomy, Kozyrev contributed many original experimental and theoretical works in physics, where he introduced the “causal or asymmetrical mechanics” which takes the physical properties of time into account. See his articles reporting on his many years of experimental research into the physical properties of time, Time in Science and Philosophy (Prague, 1971) and On the Evolu- tion of Double Stars, Comptes rendus (Bruxelles, 1967). Throughout his scientific career Kozyrev worked at the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory near St. Petersburg (except for the years 1946–1957 when he worked at the

Crimean branch of the Observatory). In 1936 he was imprisoned for 10 years without judicial interdiction, by the communist regime in the USSR. Set free in 1946, he completed the draft of this doctoral thesis and published it in Russian in the local bulletin of the Crimean branch of the Observatory (Proc. Crimean Astron. Obs., 1948, v. 2, and 1951, v. 6). Throughout the subsequent years he continued to expand upon his thesis. Although this research was started in the 1940’s, it remains relevant today, because the basis here is observational data on stars of regular classes. This data has not changed substantially during the intervening decades. (Translated from the final Russian text by D. Rabounski and S. J. Crothers.)

Large Star


Energy, radiated by the Sun and stars into space, is maintained by special sources which should keep stars radiating light during at least a few billion years. The energy sources should be depen- dent upon the physical conditions of matter inside stars. It follows from this fact that stars are stable space bodies. During the last de- cade, nuclear physics discover- ed thermonuclear reactions that could be the energy source satis- fying the above requirements. The reactions between protons and numerous light nuclei, which result in transformations of hydrogen into helium, can be initiated under temperatures close to the possible temperature of the inner regions of stars — about 20 million degrees.

Comparing different thermonuclear reactions, Bethe con- cluded that the energy of the Sun and other stars of the main sequence is generated in cyclic reactions where the main part is played by nitrogen and carbon nuclei, which capture protons and then produce helium nuclei

[1]. This theory, developed by Bethe and widely regarded in recent years, has had no direct astrophysical verification until now. Stars produce various amounts of energy, e. g. stars of the giants sequence have temperatures much lower than that which is necessary for thermonuclear reactions, and the presence of bulk convection in upper shells of stars, supernova explos- ions, peculiar ultra-violet spectra lead to the conclusion that energy is generated even in the upper shells of stars and, sometimes, it is explosive. It is quite natural to inquire as to a general reason for all the phenomena.

Therefore we should be more accurate in our attempts to apply the nuclear reaction theory to stars. It is possible to say (without exaggeration), that during the last century, beginning with Helmholtz’s contraction hypothesis, every substantial discovery in physics led to new attempts to explain stellar energy. Moreover, after every attempt it was claimed that this problem was finally solved, despite the fact that there was no verification in astrophysical data. It is probable that there is an energy generation mechanism of a particular kind, unknown in an Earthly laboratory. At the same time, this circumstance can- not be related to a hypothesis that some exclusive conditions occur inside stars. Conditions inside many stars (e. g. the infrared satellite of ε Aurigae) are close to those that can be realized in the laboratory. The reason that such an energy generation mechanism remained elusive in experiments is due to peculiarities in the experiment statement and, possibly, in the necessity for large-scale considerations in the experi- ment. Considering physical theories, it is possible that their inconsistency in the stellar energy problem arises for the reason that the main principles of interaction between matter and radiant energy need to be developed further.

Much of the phenomena and empirical correlations dis- covered by observational astrophysics are linked to the prob- lem of the origin of stellar energy, hence the observational data have no satisfying theoretical interpretation. First, it is related to behaviour of a star as a whole, i. e. to problems associated with the theory of the internal constitution of stars. Today’s theories of the internal constitution of stars are built upon a priori assumptions about the behaviour of matter and energy in stars. One tests the truth or falsity of the theories by comparing the results of the theoretical analysis to observational data.

This is one way to build various models of stars, which is very popular nowadays. But such an approach cannot be very productive, because the laws of Nature are sometimes so unexpected that many such trials, in order to guess them, cannot establish the correct solution. Because empirical correlations, characterizing a star as a whole, are surely obtained from observations, we have therein a possibility of changing the whole statement of the problem, formulating it in another way — considering the world of stars as a giant laboratory, where matter and radiant energy can be in enormously different scales of states, and proceeding from our analysis of observed empirical correlations obtained in the stellar laboratory, having made no arbitrary assumptions, we can find conditions governing the behaviour of matter and energy in stars as some un- known terms in the correlations, formulated as mathematical equations.

Such a problem can seems hopelessly intractable, owing to so many unknown terms. Naturally, we do not know: (1) the phase state of matter — Boltzmann gas, Fermi gas, or something else; (2) the manner of energy transfer — radiation or convection — possible under some mechanism of energy generation; (3) the roˆ le of the radiant pressure inside stars, and other factors linked to the radiant pressure, namely the value of the absorption coefficient; (5) chemical composition of stars, i. e. the average numerical value of the molecular weight inside stars, and finally, (6) the mechanism generating stellar energy. To our good fortune is the fact that the main correlation of observational astrophysics, that between mass and luminosity of stars, although giving no answer as to the origin of stellar energy, gives data about the other unknowns.

Therefore, employing the relation “period average density of Cepheids”, we make more precise our conclusions about the internal constitution of stars. As a result there is a possibility, even without knowledge of the origin of stellar energy, to calculate the physical conditions inside stars by proceeding from their observable characteristics: luminosity L, mass M , and radius R. On this basis we can interpret another correlation of observational astrophysics, the Russell-Hertzsprung diagram — the corchanism generating stellar energy). The formulae obtained are completely unexpected from the viewpoint of theoretical physics. At the same time they are so typical that we have in them a possibility of studying the physical process which generates stellar energy.

This gives us an inductive method for determining a solution to the problem of the origin of stellar energy. Follow- ing this method we use some standard physical laws in subsequent steps of this research, laws which may be violated by phenomenology . However this circumstance cannot in- validate this purely astrophysical method. It only leads to the successive approximations so characteristic of the phenomenological method. Consequently, the results we have obtained in Part I can be considered as the first order of approximation.
The problem of the internal constitution of stars has been very much complicated by many previous theoretical studies. Therefore, it is necessary to consider this problem from the outset with the utmost clarity. Observations show that a star, in its regular duration, is in a balanced or quasi-balanced state. Hence matter inside stars should satisfy conditions of mechanical equilibrium and heat equilibrium. From this we obtain two main equations, by which we give a mathematical formulation of our problem. Considering the simplest case, we neglect the rotation of a star and suppose it spherically symmetric.


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