Strange exotic states and compact stars

  title={Strange exotic states and compact stars},
  author={I. Sagert and Mirjam Wietoska and J. Schaffner-Bielich},
  journal={Journal of Physics G},
We discuss the possible appearance of strange exotic multi-quark states in the interiors of neutron stars and signals for the existence of strange quark matter in the cores of compact stars. We show how the in-medium properties of possible pentaquark states are constrained by pulsar mass measurements. The possibility of generating the observed large pulsar kick velocities by asymmetric emission of neutrinos from strange quark matter in magnetic fields is outlined. 
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