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Neutrino processes in partially degenerate neutron matter
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2012 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 758, no 1, 34- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We investigate neutrino processes for conditions reached in simulations of core-collapse supernovae. In regions where neutrino-matter interactions play an important role, matter is partially degenerate, and we extend earlier work that addressed the degenerate regime. We derive expressions for the spin structure factor in neutron matter, which is a key quantity required for evaluating rates of neutrino processes. We show that, for essentially all conditions encountered in the post-bounce phase of core-collapse supernovae, it is a very good approximation to calculate the spin relaxation rates in the nondegenerate limit. We calculate spin relaxation rates based on chiral effective field theory interactions and find that they are typically a factor of two smaller than those obtained using the standard one-pion-exchange interaction alone.

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2012. Vol. 758, no 1, 34- p.
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dense matter, neutrinos, stars: massive, supernovae: general
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82441DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/758/1/34ISI: 000309520500034OAI: diva2:567747


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