Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3554 (David Tsang)

Shattering Flares During Close Encounters of Neutron Stars    [PDF]

David Tsang
We demonstrate that resonant shattering flares can occur during close passages of neutron stars in eccentric or hyperbolic encounters. We provide updated estimates for the rate of close encounters of compact objects in dense stellar environments, which we find are substantially lower than given in previous works. While such occurrences are rare, we show that shattering flares can provide a strong electromagnetic counterpart to the gravitational wave bursts expected from such encounters, allowing triggered searches for these events to occur.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3554

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