Prashanth Jaikumar

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Neutrino Emission from Phases of Dense Matter in Compact Stars

Abstract: Neutron stars are astrophysical neutrino factories which cool principally through neutrino emission for several hundreds of years during which they are observable. Their cooling pattern can give clues as to the nature of dense matter in their interior. I will discuss various phases of dense matter including quark matter, and show how neutrino emission processes can have very different sources depending on the phase. However, detecting these phases definitively may still prove elusive, and I will highlight the role of photon emission in making this distinction.

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