Magnetic Toys in the Sky

Magnetic Toys in the Sky

Event Name Magnetic Toys in the Sky
Start Date 28 Mar 2017

Yuri Levin

Colloquia: Yuri Levin, Monash University

In terrestrial conditions, magnetic fields usually play second fiddle to matter. However, in space magnetic fields can play a decisive role in dynamics of many astrophysical objects. In my talk I will describe two interesting magnetic phenomena that do not have counterparts in terrestrial conditions: 1. Magnetically driven hurricane-like deflagration fronts that are explosively consuming oceans on rapidly spinning neutron stars, and 2. Avalanches of magnetically-induced thermoplastic failures in magnetar crusts that my be connected to the observed activity of magnetars.

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