• Beyond the Chandrasekhar limit: Structure and formation of compact stars

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      S Chandrasekhar; limiting mass; neutron star; equation of state.

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      The concept of limiting mass, introduced by Chandrasekhar in case of white dwarfs, plays an important role in the formation and stability of compact objects such as neutron stars and black holes. Like white dwarfs, neutron stars have their own mass limit, and a compact configuration would progress from one family to the next, more dense one once a mass limit is crossed. The mass limit of neutron stars depends on the nature of nuclear forces at very high density, which has so far not been determined conclusively. This article reviews how observational determinations of the properties of neutron stars are starting to impose significant constraints on the state of matter at high density

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      Dipankar Bhattacharya1

      1. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Post Bag No. 4, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007, India
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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