Shear viscosity of the outer crust of neutron stars: Ion contributions

O. L. Caballero, S. Postnikov, C. J. Horowitz, M. Prakash

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The shear viscosity of the crust might have a damping effect on the amplitude of r-modes of rotating neutron stars. This damping has implications for the emission of gravitational waves. We calculate the contribution to the shear viscosity coming from the ions using both semianalytical methods that consider binary collisions and molecular dynamics simulations. We compare these results with the contribution coming from electrons. We study how the shear viscosity depends on density for conditions of interest in neutron star envelopes and outer crusts. In the low-density limit, we find good agreement between results of our molecular dynamics simulations and those of classical semianalytic calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045805
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


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