Antikaons in neutron star studied with recent versions of relativistic mean-field models

Antikaons in neutron star studied with recent versions of relativistic mean-field models

Neha Gupta and P.Arumugam Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee - 247667 India

We study the impact of additional couplings in the relativistic mean field (RMF) models, in conjunction with antikaon condensation, on various neutron star properties. We analyze different properties such as in-medium antikaon and nucleon effective masses, antikaon energies, chemical potentials and the mass-radius relations of neutron star (NS). We calculate the NS properties with the RMF (NL3), E-RMF (G1, G2) and FSU2.1 models, which are quite successful in explaining several finite nuclear properties. Our results show that the onset of kaon condensation in NS strongly depends on the parameters of the Lagrangian, especially the additional couplings which play a significant role at higher densities where antikaons dominate the behavior of equation of state.

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I Introduction

This work aims at furthering our understanding of the interior of neutron stars (NS). NS star as the name implies, is mostly composed of neutrons. However, with increasing density (i.e. from crust to core of the NS) other exotic particles like hyperons, kaons, pions and quarks can exist by strangeness changing processes lattimer:426 (); gle (). In the recent years, the study of NS properties has gained momentum due to several new observations expt_m (); demorest (), and the development of various theoretical models FSU_para (); ermf (); furnstahl (); neha ().

In NS, antikaon condensation is one of the several possible transitions that could exist at high density. As the density of the NS increases, the effective mass of an in-medium antikaon will decrease due to the attractive interaction between antikaons and nuclear matter and, hence at sufficiently high density the antikaons are favoured to condense Banik035802 (); Pal553 (). This was first demonstrated by Kaplan and Nelson Kap () within a chiral model where baryons directly couple with antikaons. Later, antikaon condensation in the core of neutron stars was studied by other groups also Ellis199511 (); Brown:355 (); Thorsson1994693 (); banik:055805 (); glen_kaon () and most of these works suggest a strong influence of antikaon condensation in the NS properties. We investigate such a condensation from nucleonic phase to antikaonic phase, using recent versions of relativistic mean field (RMF) models which are proved to be successful in explaining several properties of finite nuclei and neutron stars. In the presence of such a phase transition we study the effect of additional couplings, in extended RMF models, on the equation of state (EoS) and hence on the NS properties.

We calculate the NS properties with the RMF (NL3 parameter set), the E-RMF (G1,G2 parameter sets, with four additional couplings to RMF), and the FSU2.1 (with three additional couplings to RMF) models. The additional couplings in the E-RMF and FSU2.1 models represent the non-linear interactions between scalar and vector mesons as well as tensor couplings. The free parameters of the model Lagrangian have been optimized by fitting to the ground-state properties of selected magic nuclei FSU_para (); furnstahl (). Extension of these models with the inclusion of antikaons is the central interest of the present work. In the next section, we describe the extension of nucleonic Lagrangian and discuss the constraints for the antikaon condensation. Our results are discussed in section III which is followed by the conclusions drawn from the present work.

Ii Formalism

The details of RMF, E-RMF and FSU2.1 models and corresponding Lagrangians for nucleon part, are explained in Refs. nl3_para (); furnstahl (); Shen:065808 (), respectively. In this work, we extend them with the inclusion of the antikaons and . The Lagrangian for the antikaon part reads


with or . The scalar and vector fields are coupled to antikaons analogous to the minimal coupling scheme glen_kaon () via the relations


where stands for the antikaon’s mass ( MeV) and , , and represent scalar, vector and isovector fields, respectively. In the mean field approximation, these fields are replaced by their expectation values , and and the coupling constants corresponding to these fields are represented by and .

Energy relations for the antikaons (,) are


where sign represents the isospin projection of the antikaons and , respectively. The above expression suggests that antikaon condensation is significantly influenced by the meson field or vice-versa.

The constraints involving chemical potentials and baryon densities can be written as


Here represents the total charge of the NS and it is zero according to the charge neutrality condition.

The total energy density in the presence of antikaons can be written as


where is the energy density of nucleon phase as given in Ref. neha () and , are the densities of antikaons and can be written as,


In the -wave condensation, unlike the energy density, the expression for pressure remains same glen_kaon (). The conditions for onset of antikaons are, for and for . Using these conditions, we can calculate , , , , , , , and , for any chosen baryon density. After getting this solution, we can calculate energy density and pressure (EoS) for the antikaon phase. FSU2.1 Shen:065808 () has same parameters as in FSUGold FSU_para (), but with one extra term in the expression for pressure. The detailed list of parameters, for both kaon-meson and nucleon-meson couplings for G1,G2, NL3 and FSU2.1(FSUGold) are given in Ref. neha ().

Iii Results and discussions

Figure 1: Zero temperature EoS for (a) symmetric nuclear matter, (b) pure neutron matter and (c) neutron star matter. Shaded area in the first two panels represents the region consistent with the experimental data expt_data (). Solid squares in the bottom panel represent the observational extraction expt_m5 (), however, not uniquely constrained Fattoyev:055803 ().

iii.1 Role of additional couplings

We start with the study of different interactions in explaining symmetric matter, neutron matter and neutron star matter properties. The important observation from Fig. 1 is that the softness in EoS from different interactions is mainly due to the additional couplings. The additional couplings dominate at higher densities and yield the EoS consistent with the flow data expt_data (). These results improve our confidence to use the parameters for calculating NS properties where the high density behaviour of the EoS is crucial. Among the different parameter sets considered here, G2 and FSU2.1 have a positive quartic scalar self-coupling which is more relevant than a negative one ermf (); kappa_4 (). With increasing neutron fraction, EoS corresponding to FSU2.1 parameter set becomes much softer, which is due to the additional isoscalar-isovector coupling, which suppresses the field. The EoS for NS matter calculated with G1, G2, and FSU2.1 are consistent with the observational constraints expt_m5 () which however are not so accurate Fattoyev:055803 ().

Figure 2: The density dependence of (a) and (b) energies in NS matter calculated with the parameter set G1 and MeV. The nucleon phase comprises the particles and , the phase comprises the particles and and the phase comprises the particles and . The calculations done for nucleon, and phases are represented by solid, dash and dot lines, respectively.

iii.2 Results from G1

Now we look into the conditions at which the antikaons start to appear in the neutron star matter. For this we calculate the in-medium antikaons’ energies with G1 parameter set, as a function of density (Fig. 2). Both the antikaons’ energies decrease with increasing density [Eq. (4)], and the point where energy is less than the electron chemical potential and the point at which energy is equal to zero represent the onset of and respectively. The density dependence of is similar to that of the EoS and electron chemical potential varies in a way similar to the symmetry energy neha (). So any change in the density dependence of EoS or that of symmetry energy will affect the onset as well as the effect of condensation. We observe similar effects with other parameter sets also. In general, can appear only at densities higher than the one at which condenses. This is due to the fact that, with the onset of condensation, is the most preferred process, and hence the proton fraction rises dramatically and even exceeds the neutron fraction at higher densities. With the onset of condensation, the proton fraction will change completely. There will be a competition between the processes and , resulting in a perfectly symmetric matter of nucleons and antikaons inside the NS Banik035802 (). Thus the onset of depends on the onset of which in turn depends on the value of . In our further discussions we restrict to MeV and look into dependencies on other parameters. In the phase [Fig. 2(a)] with G1 parameter set, antikaon energies increase marginally when compared to nucleon phase. However in the phase [Fig. 2(b)], energy decreases and energy become zero.

Figure 3: The density dependence of effective masses of (a) nucleon and (b) antikaon, calculated with different parameter sets ( MeV, MeV). The calculations done for nucleon, and phases are represented by solid, dash and dot lines, respectively.

In Figure 3, we present effective-masses of (a) nucleon (), and (b) antikaons’ (), calculated with G1 parameter set and at MeV. As the density of the NS increases, the effective mass of an in-medium antikaon decreases and hence at sufficiently high density, the antikaons can condense. However, the reduction in the effective mass of antikaon is not strong as compared to that of the nucleon. In the phases of and then these ratios decrease marginally, that is related to scalar field (Eq. 2) which is not much influenced by the presence of antikaons. We observe similar results with other parameter sets considered in this work.

iii.3 Comparison between different interactions

So far we discussed our results with the G1 parameter set and here we compare results from different interactions considered in this work. In Fig. 4, we show the electron chemical potentials () as a function of neutron chemical potentials (). quantifies the number density of electrons which falls sharply in the presence of antikaons. The first kink in the denotes the transition point for nucleon phase to phase and the second kink represents the transition from phase to phase. The maximum value of is seen to be larger for G1 and G2, and lower for NL3 and FSU2.1 parameter sets. Both the transitions at which the two antikaons set in, strongly depend on the interactions. It is clear that for MeV, all the interactions lead only to a second order phase transition because in Fig. 4, with all the parameter sets, there is only one value of for a given and parameter set.

Figure 4: The electron and neutron chemical potentials in NS matter calculated with different parameter sets and MeV.
Figure 5: The maximum mass and corresponding radius of a NS as a function of kaon optical potential for nucleon, and phases calculated with different parameter sets. Mass is given in units of solar mass .

The role of antikaons in modifying the EoS is very well reflected in the results for the mass and radius of NS. With the EoS defined, we can obtain the mass-radius relation by solving the well-known Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff (TOV) equations tov1 (); tov (). The dependence of maximum mass and corresponding radius, on the kaon optical potential () is depicted in Fig. 5, where the calculations are done using different interactions for nucleon, and phases. With each parameter set, as we increase , the softening effect of anikaons on the EoS is more and hence the maximum mass decreases rapidly. When we are not considering the antikaon phase, the maximum mass corresponding to G1 and FSU2.1 parameters are same, but inclusion of antikaons changes the results completely. From Fig. 5 it is also evident that at a particular , change in the maximum mass () corresponding to NL3 is more and that for FSU2.1 is less and does not play any role in case of FSU2.1 parameter set. In the presence of , factors governing the change in maximum mass are discussed in our previous work neha () and the presence of depends mostly on the onset and presence of . From Fig. 5(b), one can observe that the radius corresponding to maximum mass is lower for a softer EoS and this can change in the presence of antikaons. Presence of antikaons soften the EoS but they can increase or decrease the central baryon density () and hence the radius (). We can summarise the effect of , on the mass and radius as, and .

Iv Summary

We extend different versions of relativistic mean field (RMF) Langragians (RMF, E-RMF and FSU2.1), with the inclusion of antikaons. We analyze the role of antikaons, in conjunction with additional (higher-order) couplings in the recent RMF models, on the neutron star properties. The additional couplings soften the EoS for symmetric, pure neutron, and neutron star matters and also delay the onset of both the antikaons in the neutron star. We conclude that additional couplings in RMF, which play a significant role at higher densities, are also important where antikaons dominate the behavior of equation of state.


Neha Gupta acknowledges CSIR and CICS, Government of India, for providing financial support to present this work in the conference NN2012, held at San Antiono, Texas, USA.


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