Magnetized hypermassive neutron star collapse: A candidate central engine for short-hard GRBs

Branson C. Stephens, Matthew D. Duez, Yuk Tung Liu, Stuart L. Shapiro, Masaru Shibata

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Abstract

Hypermassive neutron stars (HMNSs) are equilibrium configurations supported against collapse by rapid differential rotation and likely form as transient remnants of binary neutron star mergers. Though HMNSs are dynamically stable, secular effects such as viscosity or magnetic fields tend to bring HMNSs into uniform rotation and thus lead to collapse. We simulate the evolution of magnetized HMNSs in axisymmetry using codes which solve the Einstein-Maxwell-MHD system of equations. We find that magnetic braking and the magnetorotational instability (MRI) both contribute to the eventual collapse of HMNSs to rotating black holes surrounded by massive, hot accretion tori and collimated magnetic fields. Such hot tori radiate strongly in neutrinos, and the resulting neutrino-antineutrino annihilation could power short-hard GRBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication11th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories - Proc. of the MG11 Meeting on General Relativity
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Pages1953-1955
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9812834265, 9789812834263
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event11th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories, MG 2006 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jul 23 2006Jul 29 2006

Publication series

Name11th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories - Proc. of the MG11 Meeting on General Relativity

Other

Other11th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories, MG 2006
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period7/23/067/29/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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