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Dark matter, neutron stars, and strange quark matter.

Abstract:

We show that self-annihilating weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter accreted onto neutron stars may provide a mechanism to seed compact objects with long-lived lumps of strange quark matter, or strangelets, for WIMP masses above a few GeV. This effect may trigger a conversion of most of the star into a strange star. We use an energy estimate for the long-lived strangelet based on the Fermi-gas model combined with the MIT bag model to set a new limit on the possible values of...

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Journal:
Physical Review Letters More from this journal
Volume:
105
Issue:
14
Pages:
141101
Publication date:
2010-10-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1079-7114
ISSN:
0031-9007
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:90842
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uuid:cd188378-12e7-4c38-910c-fa64bc51bd74
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pubs:90842
Source identifiers:
90842
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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