Neutrino Emission and Mass Ejection in Quark Novae
We explore the role of neutrinos in a Quark Nova explosion. We study production of neutrinos during this event, their propagation and their interactions with the surrounding quark matter and neutron-rich envelope. We address relevant physical issues such as the timescale for the initial core collapse, the total energy emitted in neutrinos and their effect on the low density matter surrounding the core. We find that it is feasible that the neutrino burst can lead to significant mass ejection of the nuclear envelope.