Role of the crust on the tidal deformability of a neutron star within a unified treatment of dense matter

29 Jan 2020  ·  Perot Loïc, Chamel Nicolas, Sourie Aurélien ·

The role of the crust on the tidal deformability of a cold nonaccreted neutron star is studied using the recent unified equation of state BSk24. This equation of state, which is based on the nuclear-energy density functional theory, provides a thermodynamically consistent description of all stellar regions... Results obtained with this equation of state are compared to those calculated for a putative neutron star made entirely of homogeneous matter. The presence of the crustal layers is thus found to significantly reduce the Love number $k_2$, especially for low-mass stars. However, this reduction mainly arises from the increase in the stellar radius almost independently of the equation of state. This allows for a simple analytic estimate of $k_2$ for realistic neutron stars using the equation of state of homogeneous matter only. read more

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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology Nuclear Theory