Optically opaque color-flavor locked phase inside compact stars

Igor Shovkovy, Paul J. Ellis

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Abstract

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 [Formula Presented] 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 languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume67
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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