Neutron Stars, Fast Pulsars, Supernovae and the Equation of State of Dense Matter

  • Norman K. Glendenning
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 216a)


Astrophysical constraints on the equation of state are imposed by three sources, (1) masses of neutron stars, (2) rotational frequencies of very fast pulsars (neutron stars), and (3) supernovae. Of the three, the theoritical and observational status of the first is most secure. For the second, a half millisecond pulse over an eight hour period was reported in January but not seen agian two weeks later at the next turn at the telescope, nor at any time since. If substantiated it would be the fastest known pulsar. If it can be interpreted aas neutron star rotation, then thoery seems to indicate that it provides very stringent conditions on the equation of state when combines with the mass constraint. The physics of supernova invloves so many factors of comparable importance but high uncertainty, that they cannot be said to provide any constraint at the present time. Indeed the consensus is that it is not known whether supernovae can explode by the prompt bounce mechanism [1, 2]. no simulation whose physics has been agreed upon have been successful and earlier claims to success of the prompt explosion of 1.35M⊙ iron core progenitors have been later withdrawn [3, 4]. The delayed explosion mechanism produces only small explosions so far, and may be the means by which some stars explode, but not evidently the one by which all type II starts explode.


Black Hole Neutron Star High Spin Symmetry Energy Gravitational Radiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman K. Glendenning
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  1. 1.Nuclear Science DivisionLawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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