What Sets the Maximum Spin Rate of Neutron Stars?

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Title: What Sets the Maximum Spin Rate of Neutron Stars?
Author: Wasserman, Ira
Abstract: Neutron stars are observed to rotate as fast as 716 Hz. Astrophysicists believe that they are spun-up by accretion of matter and angular momentum in binary star systems. However, the “r-mode'' instability of rotating neutron stars, which is driven by gravitational radiation reaction, appears to prevent spin up via accretion to rotation frequencies above about 350 Hz.
Description: Presented on October 19, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm In Howey building room L5. Runtime: 64:11 minutes
Type: Lecture
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/41929
Date: 2011-10-19
Contributor: Cornell University
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Physics
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Neutron stars
Gravitational waves
Stellar rotation
Physics colloquia

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