Sep 27 – 30, 2021
Yerevan, Armenia
Etc/GMT+4 timezone

Deep crustal heating for realistic compositions of thermonuclear ashes

Sep 29, 2021, 11:25 AM
25m
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia

Department of Physics, Alex Manukyan str. 1, Yerevan, Armenia

Speaker

Nikolay Shchechilin (Ioffe Institute)

Description

The deep crustal heating, associated with exothermal nuclear reactions, is believed to be a key parameter for describing the thermal evolution of accreting neutron stars. In this talk, we present the first thermodynamically consistent calculations of the crustal heating for realistic compositions of thermonuclear ashes. In contrast to previous studies based on the traditional approach, we account for neutron hydrostatic/diffusion (nHD) equilibrium condition imposed by superfluidity of neutrons in a major part of the inner crust and rapid diffusion in the remaining part of the inner crust. We apply a simplified reaction network to model nuclear evolution of various multi-component thermonuclear burning ashes (superburst, KEPLER, and extreme rp-process ashes) in the outer crust and calculate the deep crustal heating energy release $Q$, parametrized by the pressure at the outer-inner crust interface, $P_\mathrm{oi}$. The work of N. N. Shchechilin was supported by the Foundation for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics “BASIS” (grant #20-1-5-79-1). The work of M. E. Gusakov was supported by RFBR [Grant No. 19-52-12013].

Primary author

Nikolay Shchechilin (Ioffe Institute)

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