Andersson, Nils and Kokkotas, Kostas D.
The r-mode instability in rotating neutron stars
International Journal of Modern Physics D, 10, . (doi:10.1142/S0218271801001062).
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In this review we summarize the current understanding of the gravitational-wave driven instability associated with the so-called r-modes in rotating neutron stars. We discuss the nature of the r-modes, the detailed mechanics of the instability and its potential astrophysical significance. In particular we discuss results regarding the spin-evolution of nascent neutron stars, the detectability of r-mode gravitational waves and mechanisms limiting the spin-rate of accreting neutron stars in binary systems.
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