Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Efrain J. Ferrer

Second Advisor

Dr. Vivian Incera

Third Advisor

Dr. Mario Díaz


In this thesis, we review the contribution to the heat capacity of different matter phases that can appear inside a Neutron Star's core, paying special attention to the magnetic dual chiral density wave (MDCDW) phase, which is characterized by an inhomogeneous chiral condensate in the presence of a magnetic field and that is expected to be favored at intermediate densities and low temperatures. Furthermore, we compare our results with the observational lower limit of the core heat capacity established from observations of transiently accreting neutron stars which give us crucial information whether certain phases are feasible to appear in the core or not. We show in particular, that the heat capacity of the MDCDW quark-matter phase is well above that lower limit and hence cannot be ruled out.


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