# Dark matter and bubble nucleation in old neutron stars

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Publication Date
May 29, 2019
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HAL-INSU
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English
We study the probability for nucleation of quark matter droplets in the dense cold cores of old neutron stars induced by the presence of a self-annihilating dark matter component, $\chi$. Using a parameterized form of the equation of state for hadronic and quark phases of ordinary matter, we explore the thermodynamical conditions under which droplet formation is facilitated by energy injection from $\chi$ self-annihilations. We obtain the droplet nucleation time as a function of the dark matter candidate mass, $m_\chi$. We discuss further observational consequences.