THE EVOLUTION OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASMA IN MAGNETAR MAGNETOSPHERES AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR GIANT FLARES

@article{Takamoto2014THEEO,
  title={THE EVOLUTION OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASMA IN MAGNETAR MAGNETOSPHERES AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR GIANT FLARES},
  author={Makoto Takamoto and Shota Kisaka and Takeru K. Suzuki and Toshio Terasawa},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2014},
  volume={787}
}
In this paper we propose a new mechanism describing the initial spike of giant flares in the framework of the starquake model. We investigate the evolution of a plasma on a closed magnetic flux tube in the magnetosphere of a magnetar in the case of a sudden energy release, and discuss the relationship with observations of giant flares. We perform one-dimensional, numerical simulations of the relativistic magnetohydrodynamics in Schwarzschild geometry. We assume energy is injected at the… 

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