Probing the crusts of transiently accreting neutron stars

Mar 27, 2014, 3:10 PM


Dr Nathalie Degenaar (University of Michigan)


In transient X-ray binaries, the crust of a neutron star becomes temporarily heated during accretion outbursts, while it subsequently cools in quiescence when accretion has ceased. This crustal cooling can be observed by studying the thermal X-ray emission from quiescent neutron stars with sensitive X-ray satellites. Comparing these observations with theoretical simulations provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into the heat production and thermal transport properties of the neutron star crust. I will present the latest observational results and challenges in this research field.

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Dr Nathalie Degenaar (University of Michigan)

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