Neutron star collisions and the r-process

  • Symbalisty E
  • Schramm D
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Abstract

It is shown that a natural consequence of the binary pulsar's evolution is a neutron star collision. Such a collision is expected to eject neutron-rich matter of an r-process character. Taking reasonable estimates for the number of such events over the history of the galaxy, it may be that they account for all of the r-process nuclei.

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  • BINARY STARS
  • Binary Stars
  • COLLISIONS
  • Collisions
  • NEUTRON STARS
  • NUCLEAR FUSION
  • Neutron Stars
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • STELLAR EVOLUTION
  • STELLAR MASS EJECTION
  • SUPERNOVAE
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Stellar Mass Ejection
  • Supernovae

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  • E. Symbalisty

  • D.~N. N. Schramm

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