Impact of r-modes on the cooling of neutron stars

Alford, Mark G.; Mahmoodifar, Simin; Schwenzer, Kai
October 2012
AIP Conference Proceedings;Oct2012, Vol. 1492 Issue 1, p257
Academic Journal
Studying the frequency and temperature evolution of a compact star can give us valuable information about the microscopic properties of the matter inside the star. In this paper we study the effect of dissipative reheating of a neutron star due to r-mode oscillations on its temperature evolution. We find that there is still an impact of an r-mode phase on the temperature long after the star has left the instability region and the r-mode is damped completely. With accurate temperature measurements it may be possible to detect this trace of a previous r-mode phase in observed pulsars.


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