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Heat Transfer in Neutron Stars

  1. Feb 4, 2008 #1
    Not sure where to put this post, care more about whats happening on atomic scaI le so i put it here.

    I am currently taking Heat transfer for engineers and we were discussing the mechanicals for heat transfer, conduction, convection, raditation. In class my professor said that conduction is depend upon electrons/bond type with in the materials.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but neurton stars are giant nucli. So how would this effect heat transfer with in the star (beside raditation).
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 4, 2008 #2
    For regular materials, it's right that the thermal conductivity depends on electron shell parameters. In neutron stars, particles are very much closers, so I think those particles are in charge of thermal conduction. Which forces hold them together will do the job, so probably, the thernal conductivity is higher than that of a normal material.
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