Nuclear-powered millisecond pulsars and the maximum spin frequency of neutron stars

  title={Nuclear-powered millisecond pulsars and the maximum spin frequency of neutron stars},
  author={Deepto Chakrabarty and Edward H. Morgan and Michael P. Muno and Duncan K. Galloway and Rudy Wijnands and Michiel van der Klis and Craig B. Markwardt},
Millisecond pulsars are neutron stars that are thought to have been spun-up by mass accretion from a stellar companion. It is not known whether there is a natural brake for this process, or if it continues until the centrifugal breakup limit is reached at submillisecond periods. Many neutron stars that are accreting mass from a companion star exhibit thermonuclear X-ray bursts that last tens of seconds, caused by unstable nuclear burning on their surfaces. Millisecond-period brightness… 


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