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Looking for Super-Massive Neutron Stars

Project description

Searching among ‘spiders’ for the most massive neutron stars

Compact binary millisecond pulsars (CBMSPs) are a growing population of rapidly spinning neutron stars, called ‘spiders’, which allow the search for the most massive ones. Finding supermassive neutron stars would have profound implications for nuclear physics and significant consequences for the fate of supernovae and the gravitational wave signal from neutron star mergers. Spiders offer a unique probe of the pulsar’s innermost wind and a nearby site for particle acceleration. In addition, recent discoveries allow studying fundamental astrophysical phenomena from CBMSPs. The EU-funded LOVE NEST project intends to find the most massive neutron stars and understand the interaction between accretion flows, pulsar winds, and neutron star magnetospheres. LOVE NEST results will significantly impact gravitational wave astronomy, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and astroparticle physics.

Host institution

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Net EU contribution
€ 1 997 625,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 1 997 625,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00