Lev Landau and the concept of neutron stars

  title={Lev Landau and the concept of neutron stars},
  author={Dmitry G. Yakovlev and Paweł Haensel and Gordon Baym and Christopher J. Pethick},
We review Lev Landau's role in the history of neutron star physics in the 1930s. According to the recollections of Rosenfeld (Proc. 16th Solvay Conference on Physics, 1974, p. 174), Landau improvised the concept of neutron stars in a discussion with Bohr and Rosenfeld just after the news of the discovery of the neutron reached Copenhagen in February 1932. We present arguments that the discussion must have taken place in March 1931, before the discovery of the neutron, and that they, in fact… Expand

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