Seminar Details

The Physics of the Neutron Star Crust-Core Transition: Observable Consequences and Symmetry Energy Constraints

William Newton, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, February 5, 4:10 PM - Nuclear Science Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall

A neutron star's life cycle can pass through several different epochs which can be associated with internal (thermo) dynamical processes, sometimes intrinsic to the star, sometimes stimulated by external interactions with a companion star. The observable consequences of these processes can help shed light on the interior structure and dynamics of the star and the microphysics that underlies them. In this talk, I will examine a number of observables thought to probe in some way the dynamical and thermal properties of the crust and its coupling to the neutron star core, and their potential for setting constraints on the nuclear symmetry energy around nuclear saturation density. I will touch upon the following topics: (i) The cooling rate of the neutron star in Cassiopeia A, (ii) the upper limit of the observed periods of young X-ray pulsars, (iii) glitches from the Vela pulsar, (iv) the frequencies of quasi-periodic observations in X-ray tail of light curves from giant flares from soft gamma-ray repeaters, (v) the upper limit on the frequency to which millisecond pulsars can be spun-up due to accretion from a binary companion, and (vi) tentative observations of precursor electromagnetic flares a few seconds before short gamma-ray bursts.