Dense Matter in Compact Stars

A Pedagogical Introduction

  • Andreas Schmitt

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 811)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andreas Schmitt
    Pages 1-6
  3. Andreas Schmitt
    Pages 7-27
  4. Andreas Schmitt
    Pages 95-111
  5. Andreas Schmitt
    Pages 113-121
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 123-147

About this book


The purpose of these lectures is to address the following two strongly coupled issues: • What is the ground state (and its properties) of dense (quark) matter? • What is the matter composition of a compact star? In order to fulfill their primary goal - to remain both concise and accessible to the beginning graduate student or other newcomers to the field - the only prerequisites are a working knowledge of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics as well as a first course in quantum field theory. More advanced material will be introduced as the text progresses and an appendix covers basic elements of thermal quantum field theory at finite chemical potential. Instead of developing all relevant formal tools (which is not even fully possible in the regime of QCD considered here), calculations are physically motivated, making the reader familiar with the theories and technicalities by “learning by doing”. In this way these lectures will guide and prepare the reader towards further investigations and own theoretical research in this exciting field at the interface of nuclear, particle and astrophysics.


Neutrino Quark Star astrophysics compact stars dense nuclear matter nuclear equation of state quark condensates thermal quantum field theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Schmitt
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute for Theoretical PhysicsTechnical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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