An instability in neutron stars at birth

Adam Burrows, Bruce A. Fryxell

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Abstract

Calculations with a two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation show that a generic Raleigh-Taylor-like instability occurs in the mantles of nascent neutron stars, that it is possibly violent, and that the standard spherically symmetric models of neutron star birth and supernova explosion may be inadequate. Whether this "convective" instability is pivotal to the supernova mechanism, pulsar magnetic fields, or a host of other important issues that attend stellar collapse remains to be seen, but its existence promises to modify all questions concerning this most energetic of astronomical phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-434
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume258
Issue number5081
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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