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(gzipped) PostScript## Rapidly rotating stars with either H burning or He burning core
We have succeeded in constructing structures of realistic models for rapidly rotating inhomogeneous stars in the nuclear burning stages. The nuclear reaction networks both for CNO cycle and for helium burning have been successfully included in the 2D numerical code. Concerning the equation of state and the opacity, we have used the same ones as used in calculations of spherical stellar structures. The rotation law in our computations covers uniform rotation and differential rotation with rapidly rotating cores. We have computed several equilibrium sequences of massive stars up to models just before the mass begins to shed from the equatorial surface (critical models).
We mainly discuss two critical sequences of models: 1) 18
stars with hydrogen burning cores and 2) 5 helium stars with
helium burning cores. It is found that the effect of rotation on the
structure is similar for both sequences. For uniformly rotating hydrogen
burning stars the luminosity decrease is about 6.4% which is consistent
with the results obtained by other authors. For models which have the angular
momentum distribution concentrated toward the center, we get very flattened
shapes of stellar surfaces. Compared with the non-rotating models, decrease
of the luminosity is found to be 16% for the critical models if the total
angular momentum is less than 10
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