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RX J1856.5-3754: A Strange Star with Solid Quark Surface?The featureless spectra of isolated 'neutron stars' may indicate that they are actually bare strange stars but a definitive conclusion on the nature of the compact objects cannot be reached until accurate and theoretically calculated spectra of the bare quark surface are known. However due to the complex nonlinearity of quantum chromodynamics it is almost impossible to present a definitive and accurate calculation of the density-dominated quark-gluon plasma from the first principles. Nevertheless it was suggested that cold quark matter with extremely high baryon density could be in a solid state. Within the realms of this possibility we have fitted the 500ks Chandra LETG/HRC data for the brightest isolated neutron star RX 51856.5-3754 with a phenomenological spectral model and found that electric conductivity of quark matter on the stellar surface is about 1.5 x 10(exp 16)/s.
Document ID
20040071159
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Zhang, Xiaoling (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Xu, Renxin (Peking Univ. China)
Zhang, Shuangnan (Academia Sinica)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2003
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Meeting Information
Young Neutron Stars and their Environment, Symposium No. 218(Sydney)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-7927
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.