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Turning Points in the Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars' Magnetic Fields

Geppert, Ulrich (2009) Turning Points in the Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars' Magnetic Fields. In: Astrophysics and Space Science Library, 357. Springer Verlag. pp. 319-352. ISBN 978-3-540-76964-4.

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Abstract

During the life of isolated neutron stars (NSs) their magnetic field passes through a variety of evolutionary phases. Depending on its strength and structure and on the physical state of the NS (e.g. cooling, rotation), the field looks qualitatively and quantitatively different after each of these phases. Three of them, the phase of MHD instabilities immediately after NS's birth, the phase of fallback which may take place hours to months after NS's birth, and the phase when strong temperature gradients may drive thermoelectric instabilities, are concentrated in a period lasting from the end of the proto--NS phase until 100, perhaps 1000 years, when the NS has become almost isothermal. The further evolution of the magnetic field proceeds in general inconspicuous since the star is in isolation. However, as soon as the product of Larmor frequency and electron relaxation time, the so--called magnetization parameter ($omega_B au$), locally and/or temporally considerably exceeds unity, phases, also unstable ones, of dramatic changes of the field structure and magnitude can appear.\ An overview is given about that field evolution phases, the outcome of which makes a qualitative decision regarding the further evolution of the magnetic field and its host NS.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/57124/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Turning Points in the Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars' Magnetic Fields
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Geppert, UlrichUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:22 January 2009
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:357
Page Range:pp. 319-352
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Becker, WernerUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Series Name:Astrophysics and Space Science Library
ISBN:978-3-540-76964-4
Status:Published
Keywords:Neutron Stars, Magnetic Fields, Stellar Evolution
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemkonditionierung
Deposited By: Geppert, Prof. Dr.rer.nat. habil. Ulrich
Deposited On:06 Jan 2009
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:23

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