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Gravitational waves from accreting neutron stars and Cassiopeia A

Wette, Karl

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This thesis is concerned with the mysteries of neutron stars and the quest for gravitational waves. Rapidly-rotating neutron stars are anticipated sources of periodic gravitational waves, and are expected to be detectable within the next decade using kilometre-scale laser interferometry. We first perform ideal-magnetohydrodynamic axisymmetric simulations of a magnetically confined mountain on an accreting neutron star. Two scenarios are considered, in which the mountain sits atop a hard surface...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011-05-19
Type: Thesis (PhD)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/7354

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