Compact Stars: Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and General Relativity

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 390 pages
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Neutron stars are the smallest denses stars known, with densities some 1014 times that of the Earth. They rotate with periods of fractions of a second, and their magnetic fields drive intense interstellar dynamos, lighting up entire nebulae. This text discusses the physics of these extreme objects. It includes the needed background in classical general relativity in nuclear and particle physics.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Relativistic Nuclear Field Theory
124
Neutron Stars
180
Rotating Neutron Stars
247
Limiting Rotational Period of Neutron Stars
275
Quark Stars
289
Hybrid Stars
303
Strange Stars
337
Useful Astronomical Data
362
Index
383
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