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13 - Neutron Stars

from Part III - Neutron Star Physics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

Andrew Lyne
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Francis Graham-Smith
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Benjamin Stappers
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
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Stable neutron stars exist with masses approximately between one and two solar masses, and radii of approximately 10 to 11 km. The structure is determined primarily by a balance between gravitation and the repulsion between adjacent neutrons. The configuration depends on the equation of state of the neutron fluid. The rotation of the strong dipolar magnetic field generates a magnetosphere of charged particles, which co-rotates with the star.

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Pulsar Astronomy , pp. 213 - 225
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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