Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Super-Strong Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics

Maxim Lyutikov
McGill University

Monday, March 3, 2003
11:30 AM @ Stirling 201

Abstract:

Astrophysical plasmas are often relativistic and strongly magnetized. A wide range of astrophysical objects like neutron stars (and especially a sub-class called magnetars on which this talk will concentrate), black holes, Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma Ray Bursts, may contain magnetic fields so strong that plasma dynamics is dominated by electro-magnetic fields (as oppose to hydrodynamics). Our experience from Solar corona physics and from thermonuclear research may cautiously be used as a guide in our understanding of the dynamical and emission properties as well as mechanisms leading to eruptive production of X-rays in these objects.

Refreshments will be available in the lounge after the talk.