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Magnetic fields in axisymmetric neutron stars

By S.K. Lander and D.I. Jones

Abstract

We derive general equations for axisymmetric Newtonian magnetohydrodynamics and use these as the basis of a code for calculating equilibrium configurations of rotating magnetized neutron stars in a stationary state. We investigate the field configurations that result from our formalism, which include purely poloidal, purely toroidal and mixed fields. For the mixed-field formalism, the toroidal component appears to be bounded at less than 7 per cent. We calculate distortions induced both by magnetic fields and by rotation. From our non-linear work, we are able to look at the realm of validity of perturbative work: we find for our results that perturbative-regime formulae for magnetic distortions agree to within 10 per cent of the non-linear results if the ellipticity is less than 0.15 or the average field strength is less than 10^17 G. We also consider how magnetized equilibrium structures vary for different polytropic indices

Topics: QA
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:143387
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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