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