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  Introduction to neutron star physics

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I enjoy thinking about theoretical astrophysics because I want to understand black holes. Given that no one understands black holes, I like to ponder the nearest thing to a black hole: a neutron star! I have searched around the web for pedagogical discussions of the structure of neutron stars such as this link from NASA: http://heasarc.nasa.gov/docs/objects/binaries/neutron_star_structure.html, but none seems to be at an advanced enough level for my liking. The problem is that I do not know what literature I should read in order to learn more.

What is the current state of neutron star research? What are some good review articles?

More specifically, I am curious about theoretical predictions for "starquakes" referenced in the link above, and how they would look to an observer on Earth. I would also be interested in understanding what happens to gas falling into a neutron star -- specifically, if Sol was spiralling to its death by neutron star.

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asked Feb 2, 2012 in Theoretical Physics by Kernel (125 points) [ revision history ]
retagged Mar 18, 2014 by dimension10
Kernel, I added the [tag:astrophysics]. Moreover, I rephrased the title (I hope you like it, if not - let me know).

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Looks good! Thanks, Piotr.

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I'd warn you that neutron stars are in fact (at least classically) much more complicated objects than black holes.

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I'm OK with that :D

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There are a few standard textbooks on neutron star.

For interior structure and nuclear physics side two books by Glendenning are good.


For more general relativity side Shapiro and Teukolsky has been a standard texk book for many years.


Finally, if you seek for real rigor, a new book by Friedman & Stergioulas is must.


There are several review papers including two in Living Review.



Several by Lattimer and Prakash are also good starting point. For example,


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answered Feb 3, 2012 by Demian Cho (285 points) [ no revision ]

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