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Neutron stars at the crossroads

We have witnessed in the last five years the convergence of two fields of astrophysics born half a century ago: the study of neutron stars powered by their rotational energy, and the study of accreting compact objects in X-ray binaries. Recent discoveries have confirmed the evolutionary link between millisecond radio pulsars (MRPs) and low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs), and have opened a new era where the “metamorphosis” of a neutron star from a rotation- to an accretion-powered state (and vice versa) can be directly observed. Continua a leggere Neutron stars at the crossroads