The strength of crystalline color superconductors


Mannarelli, M. (2007). The strength of crystalline color superconductors. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/07010008


Mannarelli, Massimo. The strength of crystalline color superconductors. Perimeter Institute, Jan. 09, 2007, https://pirsa.org/07010008


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:07010008,
            doi = {10.48660/07010008},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/07010008},
            author = {Mannarelli, Massimo},
            keywords = {Particle Physics},
            language = {en},
            title = {The strength of crystalline color superconductors},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2007},
            month = {jan},
            note = {PIRSA:07010008 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Massimo Mannarelli Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


We discuss the properties of matter in the low temperature regime at density that may exist in the core of compact stars. Assuming that in these conditions quarks are deconfined the attractive color interaction determines the formation of Cooper pairs of quarks and the resulting quark matter has properties analogous to standard superconductors. We show that under reasonable conditions a state were Cooper pairs have non-zero total momentum is energetically favored and the resulting non-homogeneous condensate is characterized by a crystal symmetry. Studying the elastic properties of such a state we find that it behaves like a solid crystal with a very large shear modulus. Our results raise the possibility that (some) pulsar glitches may originate within the Crystalline Color Superconductor core of Neutron stars.