Universe: Feature Papers 2024 – Compact Objects

A special issue of Universe (ISSN 2218-1997). This special issue belongs to the section "Compact Objects".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 169

Special Issue Editor

Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, CP-226, Université Libre de Bruxelles, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Interests: neutron stars; pulsars; dense matter; quantum condensates; gravitation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Compact objects, ranging from white dwarfs to neutron stars and black holes, are the most known exotic celestial entities in the universe and manifest themselves through a very large variety of different astrophysical sources and phenomena. Their observations provide a unique testing ground for many branches of theoretical physics, from the properties of matter under extreme conditions experimentally inaccessible on Earth, to the nature of space and time in the strongest gravitational fields. These remnants of stellar evolution also contribute to the origin of heavy elements through nucleosynthesis processes triggered by cataclysmic events such as magnetar giant flares, gravitational core-collapse supernova explosions or binary neutron star mergers.

Over the past few years, the rapid development of multimessenger astronomy, combining various kinds of observations from ground-based optical telescopes to radio telescopes, gravitational-wave interferometers, neutrino detectors and space-based observatories such as X-ray satellites, has brought new insights into compact objects and revealed their different facets.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect recent advances in the observational and theoretical astrophysics of white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes and more speculative objects yet to be discovered such as quark stars or dark-matter-admixed neutron stars.

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Chamel
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • compact object
  • neutron star
  • pulsar
  • magnetar
  • white dwarf
  • black hole
  • X-ray binary

Published Papers

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