136.056 The Physics of Compact Stars Canceled
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2015S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

Due to their enormous density, compact stars act as a laboratory for fundamental nuclear and particle physics. We will discuss microscopic models and predictions and compare them with astrophysical observations. Besides dense nuclear matter (neutron stars) we will also discuss quark matter (hybrid stars, quark stars), and learn about phenomenological models as well as about basic properties of Quantun Chromodynamics (QCD). 

Subject of course

Equation of state for nuclear and quark matter, mass/radius relation for a compact star; strange quark matter hypothesis; Walecka model for nuclear matter; chiral symmetry breaking in QCD, kaon condensation in nuclear matter; color superconductivity (color-flavor locking); cooling behavior of a compact star, neutrino emissivity



Examination modalities

Oral exam at the end of the semester

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


A. Schmitt, Dense matter in compact stars - a pedagogical introduction, http://arxiv.org/abs/1001.3294

Previous knowledge

Statistical physics and thermodynamics


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