Axions and SN 1987A

Adam S. Burrows, Michael S. Turner, R. P. Brinkmann

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We consider the effect of free-streaming axion emission on numerical models for the cooling of the newly born neutron star associated with SN 1987A. We find that for an axion mass of greater than 10-3 eV, axion emission shortens the duration of the expected neutrino burst so significantly that it would be inconsistent with the neutrino observations made by the Kamiokande II and Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven detectors. However, we have not investigated the possibility that axion trapping (which should occur for masses 0.02 eV) sufficiently reduces axion emission so that axion masses greater than 2 eV would be consistent with the neutrino observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1020-1028
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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