Let us limit ourselves to the static case . Fixing , , and then integrating over from zero to , we find that the proper length of the equator of the star, i.e., its circumference, as measured by a local observer, is equal to . This is why is called the circumferential radius. Notice that Equation (90) implies that the infinitesimal proper radial distance (corresponding to the infinitesimal difference of radial coordinates ) is given by .
From Einstein’s equations, we get the (relativistic) equations of hydrostatic equilibrium for a static spherically-symmetric star[407, 313]. Equation (93) enables one to calculate within a radius . Finally, Equation (94) determines the metric function . Equations (92)–(94) have to be supplemented with an equation of state (EoS) .
Let us consider the differential Equations (92) and (93), which determine the global structure of a neutron star. They are integrated from the star center, , with the boundary conditions  and . It is clear from Equation (92), that pressure is strictly decreasing with increasing . The integration is continued until , which corresponds to the surface of the star, with radial coordinate , usually called the star radius.
The gravitational mass of the star is defined by . The mass is the source of the gravitational field outside the star (), and creates an outer spacetime described by the Schwarzschild metric,
The crust corresponds to the layer , where determines the crust-core interface. The depth below the stellar surface, , is defined as the proper radial distance between the star surface and a given surface of radius . It is given by
An accreted crust has a different composition and thus a different EoS (stiffer) than the ground-state crust (see Sections 4 and 5). For the comparison to be meaningful, however, these two EoSs have to be calculated from the same nuclear Hamiltonian. We satisfied this by using in both cases the same compressible liquid drop model of Mackie & Baym . The plots of for the ground state and accreted crust of a neutron star are shown in Figure 39.
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