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nsagrav:  NS H atmosphere model for different g

This model provides the spectra emitted from a nonmagnetic hydrogen atmosphere of a neutron star with surface gravitational acceleration g ranging from 1e13 to 1e15 cm/s2, allowed by equations of state for the neutron star matter (the nsa model gives the spectra calculated for g=2.43e14 cm/s2). The uniform surface (effective) temperature is in the range of Log Teff(K) = 5.5 - 6.5. The atmosphere is in radiative and hydrostatic equilibrium; sources of heat are well below the atmosphere. The radiative force and electron heat conduction are included in the models, but they are of no importance in the specified ranges of Teff and g. The model spectra are provided as seen by a distant observer, with allowance for the GR effects.


The neutron star mass M and radius R determine the redshift parameter,

                      gr=[1-2.952*M/R] 0.5,

and the gravitational acceleration at the surface,

                      g=1.33e16*M/R2/gr cm/s2,

where M is in units of solar mass, and R is in km. The allowed domain in the M-R plane corresponds to gr2 > 1/3 and 1e13 < g < 1e15 cm/s2. (This domain is restricted by the solid curves in the figure). If chosen M and R values correspond to gr or/and g values outside the allowed domain, then the code sets the latter to be the closest limiting values (e.g., if one chooses M=2, R=8, then the code will use gr=3-1/2=0.578 instead of gr=0.512 corresponding to the M and R chosen), which would lead to unphysical results.


The values of the effective temperature and radius as measured by a distant observer ("values at infinity") are:

                     T_inf = g_r*T_eff, R_inf = R/g_r 

The nsagrav model may be useful for putting constraints on M and R from spectral fits to thermal emission detected from neutron stars, provided the quality of the observational data are good enough to warrant a detailed analysis. The parameters M and R can be fixed at specific values or allowed to vary within a reasonable range (see the note above). For example, one can run spectral fits on a M-R grid (using the steppar command) within the allowed parameter domain (see above).

Please send your comments/questions (if any) to Slava Zavlin ( and/or George Pavlov ( If you publish results obtained using this model please reference Zavlin et al. (1996, A&A 315, 141).


Log Teff : (unredshifted) effective temperature


Mns : neutron star gravitational mass (in units of Solar mass)


Rns : “true” neutron star radius (km)


1/D2 where D is the distance to the object in pc


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