Astro Seminar: "What Sets the Maximum Rotation Rate of Neutron Stars? "

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:00 - 16:00
Ira Wasserman (Cornell)

The fastest rotating neutron star spins at a frequency of 716 Hz, or a period of about 1.4 milliseconds. This rapidly rotating neutron star was discovered about 30 years after the previous record holder, at 642 Hz.  Almost all equations of state of nuclear matter would permit faster rotation rates. Why don't they exist?