Diagnosing magnetars with transient cooling Academic Article uri icon


  • Transient X-ray emission, with an approximate t-0.7 decay, was observed from SGR 1900+14 over 40 days following the giant flare of 1998 August 27. We calculate in detail the diffusion of heat to the surface of a neutron star through an intense 1014-1015 G magnetic field, following the release of magnetic energy in its outer layers. We show that the power-law index, the fraction of burst energy in the afterglow, and the return to persistent emission can all be understood if the star is composed of normal baryonic material.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002