We study the effects of the gapless color-flavor locked (gCFL) phase on the equation of state of strongly interacting matter in the range of baryonic chemical potential involved in a compact star. We analyze the possibility of a phase transition from hadronic matter to gCFL quark matter and we discuss, for different values of the strange quark mass and diquark coupling strength, the existence of a gCFL phase in quark or hybrid stars. The mass-radius relation and the structure of compact stars containing the gCFL phase are shown and the physical relevance of this superconducting phase inside a stellar object is also discussed.
International Journal of Modern Physics D
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- High density equation of state;
- compact stars;
- Nuclear Theory;
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
- 7 pages, 11 figures