Explosive reconnection in magnetars

@inproceedings{Lyutikov2003ExplosiveRI,
  title={Explosive reconnection in magnetars},
  author={Maxim Lyutikov},
  year={2003}
}
X-ray activity of Anomalous X-ray Pulsars and Soft Gamma-Ray Repeaters may result from the heating of their magnetic corona by direct currents dissipated by magnetic reconnection. We investigate the possibility that X-ray flares and bursts observed from AXPs and SGRs result from magnetospheric reconnection events initiated by development of tearing mode in magnetically-dominated relativistic plasma. We formulate equations of resistive force-free electrodynamics, discuss its relation to ideal… CONTINUE READING

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