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Physics of Neutron Star Crusts

Vol. 11 (2008) > lrr-2008-10

doi: 10.12942/lrr-2008-10
Living Rev. Relativity 11 (2008), 10

Physics of Neutron Star Crusts

1 Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP226, Boulevard du Triomphe B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
2 Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warszawa, Poland

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Article Abstract

The physics of neutron star crusts is vast, involving many different research fields, from nuclear and condensed matter physics to general relativity. This review summarizes the progress, which has been achieved over the last few years, in modeling neutron star crusts, both at the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The confrontation of these theoretical models with observations is also briefly discussed.

Keywords: astrophysics, neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars, soft gamma repeaters, supernova, elasticity, neutron star cooling, low-mass X-ray binaries, oscillations, structure, transport properties, conductivity, viscosity, neutrino, equation of state, neutron star crust, superfluidity, entrainment, two-fluid model, accretion, X-ray astronomy, gravitational waves, pulsar glitches, accreting neutron stars, deep crustal heating

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Article History

Title Physics of Neutron Star Crusts
Author Nicolas Chamel / Paweł Haensel
Date accepted 5 September 2008, published 12 December 2008
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