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Magnetized Neutron-Star Mergers and Gravitational-Wave Signals


Palenzuela,  Carlos
Astrophysical Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Anderson, M., Hirschmann, E. W., Lehner, L., Liebling, S. L., Motl, P. M., Neilsen, D., et al. (2008). Magnetized Neutron-Star Mergers and Gravitational-Wave Signals. Physical Review Letters, 100(19): 191101. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.191101.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-62DB-6
We investigate the influence of magnetic fields upon the dynamics of, and resulting gravitational waves from, a binary neutron-star merger in full general relativity coupled to ideal magnetohydrodynamics. We consider two merger scenarios: one where the stars have aligned poloidal magnetic fields and one without. Both mergers result in a strongly differentially rotating object. In comparison to the nonmagnetized scenario, the aligned magnetic fields delay the full merger of the stars. During and after merger we observe phenomena driven by the magnetic field, including Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities in shear layers, winding of the field lines, and transition from poloidal to toroidal magnetic fields. These effects not only mediate the production of electromagnetic radiation, but also can have a strong influence on the gravitational waves. Thus, there are promising prospects for studying such systems with both types of waves.