The stability of quark matter

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The possibility of quark matter existing in the interior of neutron stars is examined under a wide variety of conditions. The existence of a "quark star" relies only on its stability against gravitational collapse after the transition to quark matter occurs. It is found that for all choices of temperature and density, a star can not remain stable with a quark interior. In the context of model given, a maximum temperature of 30 MeV and a corresponding maximum mass of 2.8 M is derived for neutron stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 7 1982

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Funding Information:
I would like to thank W. Press and S. Teukolsky for valuable discussions. This work was supported in part by a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Fellowship.

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