Continued Cooling of the Crust in the Neutron Star Low-mass X-ray Binary Ks 1731 − 260

@inproceedings{Cackett2010ContinuedCO,
  title={Continued Cooling of the Crust in the Neutron Star Low-mass X-ray Binary Ks 1731 − 260},
  author={Edward M. Cackett and Edward F. Brown and Andrew Cumming and Nathalie Degenaar and J. Martin Miller and Rudy A. D. Wijnands},
  year={2010}
}
Some neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries have very long outbursts (lasting several years) which can generate a significant amount of heat in the neutron star crust. After the system has returned to quiescence, the crust then thermally relaxes. This provides a rare opportunity to study the thermal properties of neutron star crusts, putting constraints on the thermal conductivity and hence the structure and composition of the crust. KS 1731−260 is one of only four systems where this crustal… CONTINUE READING

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