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In this White Paper we present the potential of the Enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission for determining the nature of dense matter; neutron star cores host an extreme density regime which cannot be replicated in a terrestrial laboratory. The tightest statistical constraints on the dense matter equation of state will come from pulse profile modelling of accretion-powered pulsars, burst oscillation sources, and rotation-powered pulsars. Additional constraints will derive from spin measurements, burst spectra, and properties of the accretion flows in the vicinity of the neutron star. Under development by an international Consortium led by the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the eXTP mission is expected to be launched in the mid 2020s.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29503
JournalScience China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy
Issue number2
Early online date20 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ALW and TER acknowledge support from ERC Starting (Grant No. 639217 CSINEUTRONSTAR). AP acknowledges support from a Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi Fellowship. YC is suported by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship (Grant No. 703916). SKG, KH and AS are supported in part by the DFG through Grant SFB 1245 and the ERC (Grant No. 307986 STRONGINT). The Chinese team acknowledges the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences through the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDA15020100).

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© 2018, Science China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.

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  • dense matter
  • equation of state
  • neutron
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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