Canuto, V. ; Chitre, S. M. (1974) Crystallization of dense neutron matter Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 9 (6). pp. 1587-1613. ISSN 1550-7998
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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.9.1587
The equation of state for cold neutron matter at high density is studied in the t-matrix formulation and it is shown that energetically it is convenient to have neutrons in a crystalline configuration rather than in a liquid state for values of the density exceeding 1.6 × 1015 g/cm3. The study of the mechanical properties indicates that the system is stable against shearing stresses. A solid core in the deep interior of heavy neutron stars appears to offer the most plausible explanation of speed-ups observed in the Vela pulsar.
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