Liliana Caballero

Indiana University

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Neutron Star Crusts

Several phenomena in Neutron Stars depend on the behavior of the high density ion plasma present in the crust. The dynamics of core-collapse Supernova is highly sensitive to neutrino scattering from the ions, the crust cooling after an extended X-ray burst depends on the electron scattering from nuclei, and the damping of the r-modes due to crust-core coupling may affect the emission of gravitational waves. We have used molecular dynamics simulations of the ions in the crust to calculate static and dynamic structure factors, neutrino mean free paths, and some transport properties such as diffusion coefficients, thermal conductivity and viscosity.

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