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Type: Journal article
Title: Implications of neutron star properties for the existence of light dark matter
Author: Motta, T.
Guichon, P.
Thomas, A.
Citation: Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 2018; 45(5):05LT01-1-05LT01-5
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0954-3899
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T F Motta, P A M Guichon, and A W Thomas
Abstract: It was recently suggested that the discrepancy between two methods of measuring the lifetime of the neutron may be a result of an unseen decay mode into a dark matter particle which is almost degenerate with the neutron. We explore the consequences of this for the properties of neutron stars, finding that their known properties are in conflict with the existence of such a particle.
Keywords: Dark matter; neutron star; equation of state of dense matter
Description: Letter. Published 6 April 2018
Rights: © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6471/aab689
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