Dissipation of Magnetic Fields in Neutron Stars
thesisposted on 25.09.2017 by ASHLEY JAMES BRANSGROVE
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Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars in the universe, and are the strongest known magnets. There are more than 2000 known neutron stars in our galaxy, and the oldest ones are much weaker magnets than their younger counterparts. It is thought that neutron stars can become less magnetized over long periods of time, just like regular magnets can wear out, and lose their magnetism. This thesis uses numerical simulations to model how neutron stars can lose their magnetism, and compares the results to the neutron stars in our galaxy.