The Impact of Neutron Transfer Reactions on the Heating and Cooling of Accreted Neutron Star Crusts

  title={The Impact of Neutron Transfer Reactions on the Heating and Cooling of Accreted Neutron Star Crusts},
  author={H. Schatz and Zach Meisel and Edward F. Brown and S. S. das Gupta and George Wesley Hitt and W. Raphael Hix and R. Jain and Rita Lau and P. M{\"o}ller and Wei Ja Ong and P. S. Shternin and Y. Xu and Michael Wiescher},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Nuclear reactions heat and cool the crust of accreting neutron stars and need to be understood to interpret observations of X-ray bursts and long-term cooling in transiently accreting systems. It was recently suggested that previously ignored neutron transfer reactions may play a significant role in the nuclear processes. We present results from full nuclear network calculations that now include these reactions and determine their impact on crust composition, crust impurity, heating, and… 
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