Neutron Stars

  • Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


Neutrons were discovered by James Chadwick in 1932. Two years later, in 1934, Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky published a paper ((Baade and Zwicky(1934)); Fig. 13.1) predicting the existence of neutron stars. The paper already suggested that neutron stars could be the product of stellar explosions in supernovae, and that they could be at the origin of cosmic rays. While hardly a theory or a model, this was a very deep intuition that linked several elements with no obvious connection, specifically cosmic rays and supernovae, and on which relationships astrophysicists still work 80 years later.


Black Hole Neutron Star Maximum Mass Solar Mass Fermi Momentum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
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  1. 1.ISDC, Data Centre for Astrophysics University of GenevaVersoixSwitzerland

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