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A neutron star crustquake origin for γ-ray bursts


Up to 1039 ergs of elastic energy might be released in a neutron star crustquake. The sound waves produced by such a quake will transform into a shock near the surface owing to the dramatic decrease in density. A thin surface layer will then be blown off radiating γ-rays. We discuss the temporal structure and spectrum of such an event, and suggest some future observational tests.

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Fabian, A.C., Icke, V. & Pringle, J.E. A neutron star crustquake origin for γ-ray bursts. Astrophys Space Sci 42, 77–81 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00645528

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  • Surface Layer
  • Neutron Star
  • Elastic Energy
  • Sound Wave
  • Temporal Structure