Neutron stars with a generalized Proca hair and spontaneous vectorization

Ryotaro Kase, Masato Minamitsuji, Shinji Tsujikawa

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In a class of generalized Proca theories, we study the existence of neutron star solutions with a nonvanishing temporal component of the vector field Aμ approaching 0 toward spatial infinity, as they may be the endpoints of tachyonic instabilities of neutron star solutions in general relativity with Aμ=0. Such a phenomenon is called spontaneous vectorization, which is analogous to spontaneous scalarization in scalar-tensor theories with nonminimal couplings to the curvature or matter. For the nonminimal coupling βXR, where β is a coupling constant and X=-AμAμ/2, we show that there exist both 0-node and 1-node vector-field solutions, irrespective of the choice of the equations of state of nuclear matter. The 0-node solution, which is present only for β=-O(0.1), may be induced by some nonlinear effects such as the selected choice of initial conditions. The 1-node solution exists for β=-O(1), which suddenly emerges above a critical central density of star and approaches the general relativistic branch with the increasing central density. We compute the mass M and radius rs of neutron stars for some realistic equations of state and show that the M-rs relations of 0-node and 1-node solutions exhibit a notable difference from those of scalarized solutions in scalar-tensor theories. Finally, we discuss the possible endpoints of tachyonic instabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024067
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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