Shattering flares during close encounters of neutron stars

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Abstract

We demonstrate that resonant shattering flares can occur during close passages of neutron stars in eccentric or hyperbolic encounters. We provide updated estimates for the rate of close encounters of compact objects in dense stellar environments, which we find are substantially lower than given in previous works. While such occurrences are rare, we show that shattering flares can provide a strong electromagnetic counterpart to the gravitational wave bursts expected from such encounters, allowing triggered searches for these events to occur.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume777
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2013

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