Journal Article

Heating and cooling of magnetars with accreted envelopes

A. D. Kaminker, A. Y. Potekhin, D. G. Yakovlev and G. Chabrier

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 395, issue 4, pages 2257-2267
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Heating and cooling of magnetars with accreted envelopes

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We study the thermal structure and evolution of magnetars as cooling neutron stars with a phenomenological heat source in an internal layer. We focus on the effect of magnetized (B≳ 1014 G) non-accreted and accreted outermost envelopes composed of different elements, from iron to hydrogen or helium. We discuss a combined effect of thermal conduction and neutrino emission in the outer neutron star crust and calculate the cooling of magnetars with a dipole magnetic field for various locations of the heat layer, heat rates and magnetic field strengths. Combined effects of strong magnetic fields and light-element composition simplify the interpretation of magnetars in our model: these effects allow one to interpret observations assuming less extreme (therefore, more realistic) heating. Massive magnetars, with fast neutrino cooling in their cores, can have higher thermal surface luminosity.

Keywords: dense matter; neutrinos; stars: magnetic fields; stars: neutron

Journal Article.  8954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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