Physics of Neutron Star Crusts

Nicolas Chamel
Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Boulevard du Triomphe B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

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Pawel Haensel
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center
Polish Academy of Sciences
Bartycka 18,
00-716 Warszawa, Poland

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The physics of neutron star crusts is vast, involving many different research fields, from nuclear and condensed matter physics to general relativity. This review summarizes the progress, which has been achieved over the last few years, in modeling neutron star crusts, both at the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The confrontation of these theoretical models with observations is also briefly discussed.