The contribution of thermally excited electron-positron pairs to the bulk properties of the color-flavor locked quark phase inside compact stars is examined. The presence of these pairs causes the photon mean free path to be much smaller than a typical core radius (R0 ≃ 1 km) for all temperatures above 25 keV so that the photon contribution to the thermal conductivity is much smaller than that of the Nambu-Goldstone bosons. We also find that the electrons and positrons dominate the electrical conductivity, while their contributions to the total thermal energy is negligible.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics