Magnetar

1992

Magnetar

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Robert Duncan, Christopher Thompson, Chryssa Kouveliotou astrophysics

Magnetar

Soft gamma repeater

Altering the quantum vacuum

The interior of a magnetar is extremely dense. Even so, to generate such intense magnetic fields, this dense material must be turbulent, like a magnetohydrodynamic dynamo. A proton-superconductor phase of matter is thought to support the persistence of generated fields.

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