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KTH/Nordita/SU seminar in Theoretical Physics

Phase Transitions of Charged Scalars and White Dwarf Stars

by Rachel Rosen (OKC)

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Recent works have argued that the cores of certain white dwarf stars may contain a new kind of quantum liquid -- a condensate of charged spin-0 particles. In this talk I will present a field-theoretic approach to studying the properties of this state of matter at finite temperature and the phase transition into this state. I will discuss evidence that the phase transition in white dwarf stars can be first order.