Charles Horowitz

Indiana University

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Dense Matter in Neutron Star Crusts

We describe the evolution of matter falling onto a neutron star as it is compressed to higher and higher densities. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we calculate the phase structure, transport properties such as the thermal conductivity and shear viscosity, and screening factors for nuclear reactions. These properties of the neutron rich matter may be important for the X-ray, neutrino, and gravitational wave radiations of neutron stars and supernovae.

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