Nature of Fault Planes in Solid Neutron Star Matter

  title={Nature of Fault Planes in Solid Neutron Star Matter},
  author={P. B. Jones},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  pages={342 - 345}
  • P. B. Jones
  • Published 9 October 2002
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal
The properties of tectonic earthquake sources are compared with those deduced here for fault planes in solid neutron star matter. Neutron star matter, not being absolutely stable and with isotropic pressure several orders of magnitude greater than its shear modulus, cannot exhibit brittle fracture at any temperature or magnetic field strength. This conclusion is significant for current theories of pulsar glitches and of the anomalous X-ray pulsars and soft gamma repeaters. 


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