Ferromagnetism in nuclear matter and its implication for the neutron star equation of state
Under the extreme conditions in the neutron star interior the proton and neutron magnetic dipole moments could increase well beyond their values observed under normal conditions. If such an increase in the dipole moment is sufficient, the matter in the interior of the star can undergo a ferromagnetic phase transition. The generated magnetic field should be of the order of the observed magnetar magnetic field and can thus make a considerable contribution to the star~Rs magnetic field. This talk reports on the conditions of such a phase transition in charge neutral, beta-equilibrated nuclear matter and its implication for the neutron star equation of state. Possible observational consequences of such a phase transition will also be discussed.
Date: Monday, 28 January 2013 Time: 14:00 Where: McGill University Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, Board Room (room 105)