In order to introduce the subject of this session, I have first to explain why we feel, that a discussion of solid state astrophysics has become worthwhile, though for many years astrophysics and solid state physics co-existed with each other without any real interaction to speak of. To this end I should make first some very general observations.
KeywordsBlack Hole Neutron Star Planetary System Introductory Remark Crab Pulsar
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- 1.cf. for instance A.H. Cook, 1971, Quart. J.R.A.S. 12, 154, and S.K. Runcorn ( Ed.) “The Application of Modern Physics to the Earth and Planetary Interiors”, Wiley-Interscience, 1969.Google Scholar
- 2.The somewhat better known semi-final state of the so-called “white dwarfs”, which have densities only of the order of 106 gr/cm3 and which may end up in a quasi-crystallized state, will, I understand, be included in Dr. Baym’s talk.Google Scholar
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