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Stellar Magnetism

Leon Mestel


Most stars appear to show some degree of magnetic activity. For example, the varying magnetic field of the Sun shows up in the familiar sun-spot cycle. Similar behaviour is observationally inferred in other solar-type stars. Radio and X-ray pulsars are enormously dense, rapidly rotating neutron stars that carry nearly steady magnetic fields, which are far stronger than the average magnetic field of the Sun. Likewise, many uncollapsed stars behave like rotating permanent magnets. Furthermore, magnetic fields may partly control the formation of new stars, especially through interaction with angu ... More

Keywords: cosmical magnetohydrodynamics, convection, dynamos, fossil fields, magnetic braking, late-type Stars, early-type Stars, pre-main sequence stars, star formation, pulsar electrodynamics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198526728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leon Mestel, author
University of Sussex