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Quark stars with 2.6 M⊙ in a non-minimal geometry-matter coupling theory of gravity

Carvalho, GA and Lobato, RV and Deb, D and Moraes, PHRS and Malheiro, M (2022) Quark stars with 2.6 M⊙ in a non-minimal geometry-matter coupling theory of gravity. In: European Physical Journal C, 82 (12).

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This work analyses the hydrostatic equilibrium configurations of strange stars in a non-minimal geometry-matter coupling (GMC) theory of gravity. Those stars are made of strange quark matter, whose distribution is governed by the MIT equation of state. The non-minimal GMC theory is described by the following gravitational action: f(R, L) = R/ 2 + L+ σRL, where R represents the curvature scalar, L is the matter Lagrangian density, and σ is the coupling parameter. When considering this theory, the strange stars become larger and more massive. In particular, when σ= 50 km2, the theory can achieve the 2.6 M⊙, which is suitable for describing the pulsars PSR J2215+5135 and PSR J1614-2230, and the mass of the secondary object in the GW190814 event. The 2.6 M⊙ is a value hardly achievable in General Relativity, even considering fast rotation effects, and is also compatible with the mass of PSR J0952-0607 (M=2.35±0.17M⊙), the heaviest and fastest pulsar in the disk of the Milky Way, recently measured, supporting the possible existence of strange quark matter in its composition. The non-minimal GMC theory can also give feasible results to describe the macroscopical features of strange star candidates. © 2022, The Author(s).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: European Physical Journal C
Publisher: Institute for Ionics
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Author(s).
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 09:58
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 09:58
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79127

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