Corpus ID: 236155003

Magnetic topology in coupled binaries, spin-orbital resonances, and flares

  title={Magnetic topology in coupled binaries, spin-orbital resonances, and flares},
  author={Sergey A. Cherkis and Maxim Lyutikov},
We consider topological configurations of the magnetically coupled spinning stellar binaries (e.g., merging neutron stars or interacting star-planet systems). We discuss conditions when the stellar spins and the orbital motion nearly ‘compensate’ each other, leading to very slow overall winding of the coupled magnetic fields; slowly winding configurations allow gradual accumulation of magnetic energy, that is eventually released in a flare when the instability threshold is reached. We find that… Expand


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