3. Origin of Solar Energy

  1. C. Julian Chen

Published Online: 11 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch3

Physics of Solar Energy

Physics of Solar Energy

How to Cite

Chen, C. J. (2011) Origin of Solar Energy, in Physics of Solar Energy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch3

Author Information

  1. Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470647806

Online ISBN: 9781118172841



  • solar energy origin - artificial satellites, and solar radiation data, becoming available;
  • solar luminosity, evaluated using solar constant - average distance, between the Sun and Earth;
  • origin of sunlight, inquiry of all cultures - and Kelvin-Helmholtz's assumption;
  • energy source of Sun - answer to stellar energy source, from Einstein's, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content;
  • Hans Bethe's study of possible nuclear reactions generating stellar energy - for stars with mass similar to or less than the Sun, the proton–proton chain dominating


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Basic Parameters of the Sun

  • Kelvin-Helmholtz Time Scale

  • Energy Source of the Sun

  • Problems