Ultrahigh energy neutrals from extreme magnetic flares Academic Article uri icon


  • It is shown that bulk acceleration during reconnection of extremely strong magnetic fields near compact objects can accelerate ions to Lorentz factors of $\sim 10^2 \sigma^{3/5}$ under general conditions, where $\sigma$, the magnetic energy per current-carrying proton rest energy, can approach $10^{15}$. For magnetar-type fields, neutrons and neutrinos can be generated at potentially detectable levels via hadron polarization. Ultrahigh energy photons can also be emitted and escorted from the high field region by Poynting flux.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003