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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Jens Mahlmann, Columbia University

Title: "How magnetar magnetospheres erupt in electromagnetic fireworks"

Friday, February 2, 2024
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Wilder 104 and Zoom
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Lectures & Seminars

Abstract: Highly magnetized neutron stars are a source of powerful transients observed in different frequency bands, like the fast radio bursts (FRBs) with an associated hard X-ray burst from the Galactic magnetar SGR 1935+2154. The origin of such outbursts is still unknown, and the simultaneous observation of energetic X-ray blasts and short but luminous coherent radio pulses poses a fundamental challenge to extreme plasma astrophysics. In this colloquium, I present a global model explaining various elements of magnetar bursting activities. Surface motions of the crust shift the frozen-in footpoints of magnetic field lines and inevitably twist the inner magnetar magnetosphere. With strong analogies to solar eruptions, I discuss criteria for the instability of twisted flux bundles in highly magnetized magnetospheres. I then demonstrate how their energy release can drive magnetar X-ray bursts, giant flares, and FRBs in the outer magnetar magnetosphere. 

***Join before the Colloquium at 3:00 pm for coffee, cookies and brownies from Lou's in Wilder 103!***

Hosted by Professor Yi-Hsin Liu

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Email physics.department@dartmouth.edu for passcode
For more information, contact:
Tressena Manning

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.