# Maximum latent heat of neutron star matter independent of general relativity

@article{LopeOter2021MaximumLH, title={Maximum latent heat of neutron star matter independent of general relativity}, author={Eva Lope-Oter and Felipe J. Llanes-Estrada}, journal={Physical Review C}, year={2021} }

We establish bounds on the maximum possible specific latent heat of cold neutron-star matter derived from hadron physics alone. Existing chiral perturbation theory computations for the equation of state, together with perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, relevant at highest densities (even if they would turn out not to be physically realizable) bind the maximum latent heat which is possible in actual neutron stars. Because these are already near gravitational collapse in General Relativity, no…

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