Discovery of magnetic fields in central stars of planetary nebulae

@article{Jordan2005DiscoveryOM,
  title={Discovery of magnetic fields in central stars of planetary nebulae},
  author={Stefan Jordan and Klaus Werner and Simon J. O'Toole Astronomisches Rechen-Institut and Heidelberg and Germany now at Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik and Tuebingen and Germany Dr.-Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg and H Germany},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2005},
  volume={432},
  pages={273-279}
}
For the first time we have directly detected magnetic fields in central stars of planetary nebulae by means of spectro- polarimetry with FORS1 at the VLT. In all four objects of our sample we found kilogauss magnetic fields, in NGC 1360 and LSS 1362 with very high significance, while in EGB 5 and Abell 36 the existence of a magnetic field is probable but with less certainty. This discovery supports the hypothesis that the non-spherical symmetry of most planetary nebulae is caused by magnetic… 

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