Aug 30, 2000
Gravity Waves from Fast Pulsars: Surprise and Speculation
Dr. John Friedman, ITP & University Wisconsin
Several recent surprises appear dramatically to have improved the likelihood
that the spin of rapidly rotating, newly formed neutron stars (and, possibly,
of old stars spun up by accretion) is limited by an instability driven by
gravitational waves. If so, the emitted waves may be observable by
gravitational-wave detectors with the sensitivity of LIGO II. A review of
these hopeful results is followed by a more sober listing of accompanying
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