Volume 36, Number 8, December II 1996
|Page(s)||637 - 642|
|Section||Geophysics, astronomy and astrophysics|
|Published online||01 September 2002|
Gamma-ray bursts, neutron star quakes, and the Casimir effect
Physics Department, College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA
2 Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM 87545, USA
3 Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física Fundamental Apartado 50727, E-28080 Madrid, Spain
Accepted: 24 October 1996
We propose that the dynamic Casimir effect is a mechanism that converts the energy of neutron starquakes into γ-rays. This mechanism efficiently produces photons from electromagnetic Casimir energy released by the rapid motion of a dielectric medium into a vacuum. Estimates based on the cut-off energy of the gamma-ray bursts and the volume involved in a starquake indicate that the total gamma-ray energy emission is consonant with observational requirements.
PACS: 98.70.Rz – Gamma-ray sources / 95.85.Pw – Gamma-ray / 97.60.Jd – Neutron stars
© EDP Sciences, 1996
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