We discuss the possible appearance of strange exotic multi-quark states in the interiors of neutron stars and signals for the existence of strange quark matter in the cores of compact stars. We show how the in-medium properties of possible pentaquark states are constrained by pulsar mass measurements. The possibility of generating the observed large pulsar kick velocities by asymmetric emission of neutrinos from strange quark matter in magnetic fields is outlined.
Journal of Physics G Nuclear Physics
- Pub Date:
- December 2006
- Nuclear Theory
- 10 pages, invited talk given at the International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter 2006 (SQM2006), UCLA, USA, March 26-31, 2006, Journal of Physics G in press, refs. added