Observational constraints on the neutron star mass distribution

Lee Samuel Finn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

40 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Radio observations of neutron star binary pulsar systems have constrained strongly the masses of eight neutron stars. Assuming neutron star masses are uniformly distributed between lower and upper bounds ml and mu, the observations determine with 95% confidence that 1.01<mlM<1.34 and 1.43<muM<1.64. These limits give observational support to neutron star formation scenarios that suggest that masses should fall predominantly in the range 1.3<mM<1.6, and will also be important in the interpretation of binary inspiral observations by the Laser Interferometer Gravitationalwave Observatory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1878-1881
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume73
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Fingerprint

mass distribution
neutron stars
radio observation
pulsars
star formation
confidence
observatories
interferometers
lasers

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this

Finn, Lee Samuel. / Observational constraints on the neutron star mass distribution. In: Physical Review Letters. 1994 ; Vol. 73, No. 14. pp. 1878-1881.
@article{b753a49950f74c7aae736f4720b52652,
title = "Observational constraints on the neutron star mass distribution",
abstract = "Radio observations of neutron star binary pulsar systems have constrained strongly the masses of eight neutron stars. Assuming neutron star masses are uniformly distributed between lower and upper bounds ml and mu, the observations determine with 95{\%} confidence that 1.01",
author = "Finn, {Lee Samuel}",
year = "1994",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.1878",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "73",
pages = "1878--1881",
journal = "Physical Review Letters",
issn = "0031-9007",
publisher = "American Physical Society",
number = "14",

}

Observational constraints on the neutron star mass distribution. / Finn, Lee Samuel.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 73, No. 14, 01.01.1994, p. 1878-1881.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Observational constraints on the neutron star mass distribution

AU - Finn, Lee Samuel

PY - 1994/1/1

Y1 - 1994/1/1

N2 - Radio observations of neutron star binary pulsar systems have constrained strongly the masses of eight neutron stars. Assuming neutron star masses are uniformly distributed between lower and upper bounds ml and mu, the observations determine with 95% confidence that 1.01

AB - Radio observations of neutron star binary pulsar systems have constrained strongly the masses of eight neutron stars. Assuming neutron star masses are uniformly distributed between lower and upper bounds ml and mu, the observations determine with 95% confidence that 1.01

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=4243568765&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=4243568765&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.1878

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.1878

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:4243568765

VL - 73

SP - 1878

EP - 1881

JO - Physical Review Letters

JF - Physical Review Letters

SN - 0031-9007

IS - 14

ER -