Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 190, Issue 1, pp 131–138 | Cite as

Obliquity and magnetic dipole radiation from collapsing, rotating, magnetized stars

  • W. Y. Chau
  • J. L. Zhang


We consider in this paper the evolution of a collapsing (or exploding), uniformly rotating, uniformly magnetized spheroidal star with non-aligned rotational and magnetic axes. Analytical expressions were obtained for the change in angle (obliquity) between the two axes (based on the frozen field condition), and the energy loss via magnetic, dipole radiation. Numerical estimates with typical data show that the obliquity increases (asymptotically to π/2) with the collapse from white dwarf to neutron star, and the energy loss could be as much as 4×1039 ergs, about twice the amount emitted when the two axes are aligned.


Radiation Energy Loss Field Condition Neutron Star Typical Data 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Y. Chau
    • 1
  • J. L. Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Hong KongHong Kong

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