Monday, July 22, 2013

1307.5191 (A. Bauswein et al.)

Prompt merger collapse and the maximum mass of neutron stars    [PDF]

A. Bauswein, T. W. Baumgarte, H. -T. Janka
We perform hydrodynamical simulations of neutron-star mergers for a large sample of temperature-dependent, nuclear equations of state, and determine the threshold mass above which the merger remnant promptly collapses to form a black hole. We find that, depending on the equation of state, the threshold mass is larger than the maximum mass of a non-rotating star in isolation by between 30 and 70 per cent. Our simulations also show that the ratio between the threshold mass and maximum mass is tightly correlated with the compactness of the non-rotating maximum-mass configuration. We speculate on how this relation can be used to derive constraints on neutron-star properties from future observations.
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