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Nucleation of Quark Matter in Proto-Neutron Stars

Authors: I. Bombaci, D. Logoteta, C. Providência & I. Vidaña

Ref.: PROGRESS OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS SUPPLEMENT 186, 32-38 (2010)

Abstract: We investigate the consequences of the quark deconfinement phase transition on the evolution of proto-neutron stars. Assuming a first order phase transition, we calculate the nucleation time due to thermal and quantum nucleation mechanisms. We introduce the concepts of critical mass Mcr and limiting conversion temperature for proto-hadronic stars. We show that proto-hadronic stars with a mass M ≪ Mcr could survive the early stages of their evolution without decaying to quark stars.

DOI: 10.1143/PTPS.186.32