Institute of Astronomy

Magnetars life cycle: birth, evolution and death

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Nanda Rea (CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona/University of Amsterdam)19 May 2016Institute of Astronomy Colloquia

Abstract

Magnetars are the strongest magnets we know of, and show themselves via powerful X/gamma-ray steady and flaring emission. The energetics of such flares in our Galaxy second only the supernova explosions. In this talk I will first review the observational characteristics of these highly magnetic pulsars, and some recent discoveries in the field. Subsequently, I will present what we currently know about their life-cycle, through detailed simulations of neutron star magneto-thermal evolution and pulsar population synthesis. I will then finish with some considerations on how the study of the Galactic population of magnetars might constrain their possible connection with
Gamma Ray Bursts.

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