# Notation in a neutron star superfluidity

In this article "Neutron Star and Superfluidity", by Ka Wai Lou: http://guava.physics.uiuc.edu/~nigel/courses/569/Essays_Fall2010/Files/lo.pdf symbols as $^1S_0$ and $^3 P_2$ are shown, but I not sure if they mean electron configuration or something else, because neutrons in that case wouldn't have electrons, so it wouldn't make sense. If anyone is familiar with that let me know.

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This notation gives $$^{2s+1}L_J$$ for the neutrons that form Cooper pairs. Orbital angular momentum is given as $S,P,D$ for $L=0,1,2$. Since neutrons are identical fermions pairing in the $s$-wave ($L$=0, symmetric wave function) implies spin zero (anti-symmetric) and $p$-wave pairing implies spin one.