Optically opaque color-flavor locked phase inside compact stars

Igor A. Shovkovy, Paul J. Ellis

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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)
Pages (from-to)3
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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