Probing the neutron star equation of state with gravitational wave detectors

Frederic A. Rasio*, Joshua A. Faber

*Corresponding author for this work

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Coalescing binary neutron stars (NS) are expected to be an important source of gravitational waves detectable by laser interferometers. We discuss recent theoretical work on the hydrodynamics of NS binary mergers and possible methods for determining the NS compactness ratio M/R and constraining the equation of state of dense nuclear matter using gravitational wave signals. One particularly simple and promising method is based on the properties of quasi-equilibrium binary NS sequences and does not require full hydrodynamic merger calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventGravitational - Wave Detection - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 23 2002Aug 25 2002


  • Gravitational radiation
  • Neutron stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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