Dynamics of the neutron star interior

Alpar M.

NATO Advanced Study Institute on the Many Faces of Neutron Stars, LIPARI, Italy, 30 September - 11 October 1996, vol.515, pp.59-75 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 515
  • City: LIPARI
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-75


This lecture summarizes the basic ideas on the dynamics of rotating superfluids in neutron stars (Section 2), and discusses the application to pulsar glitch models (Section 3). In Section 4 the anomalous braking indices of glitching pulsars are shown to agree with the model developed for the interglitch behaviour of the Vela pulsar, indicating possible universality of the dynamics of large glitches. Energy dissipation in the neutron star interior is discussed in Section 5. For an excellent general review of superfluidity and superconductivity, in the neutron star context, I refer the reader to the contribution of Sauls (1989) to the earlier NATO ASI Timing Neutron Stars.