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11 - Magnetars

from Part II - Observed Physical Characteristics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

Andrew Lyne
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Francis Graham-Smith
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Benjamin Stappers
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
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Magnetars were originally observed as high-energy emitters as either soft gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs) or anomalous x-ray pulsars (AXPs). They are very active, mainly observed as x-ray sources, apparently very young and probably part of the general population of pulsars but with much larger magnetic fields. The origin of the large magnetic fields is unclear.

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Pulsar Astronomy , pp. 181 - 191
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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