Producing Ultrastrong Magnetic Fields in Neutron Star Mergers

  title={Producing Ultrastrong Magnetic Fields in Neutron Star Mergers},
  author={Daniel J. Price and Stephan Rosswog},
  pages={719 - 722}
We report an extremely rapid mechanism for magnetic field amplification during the merger of a binary neutron star system. This has implications for the production of the short class of gamma-ray bursts, which recent observations suggest may originate in such mergers. In detailed magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the merger process, the fields are amplified by Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities beyond magnetar field strength and may therefore represent the strongest magnetic fields in the universe… 
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