On fallback disks and magnetars
Alpar, M. Ali and Ertan, Ünal and Erkut, M. Hakan and Ekşi, Kazım. Yavuz and Çalışkan, Şirin (2006) On fallback disks and magnetars. In: The 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly- on Space Research, Beijing, China (Accepted/In Press)
The discovery of a disk around the anomalous X-ray pulsar 4U 0142+61, has rekindled the interest in fallback disks around magnetars. We briefly review the assumptions of fallback disk models and magnetar models. Earlier data in optical and near IR bands combined with new Spitzer data in the mid-IR range are compatible with a gas disk. Higher multipole fields with magnetar strengths together with a dipole field of 1012-1013 G on the neutron star surface are compatible with the presence of a disk around the neutron star. The possible presence and properties of a fallback disk after the supernova explosion is a likely initial condition to complement the initial rotation period and initial dipole field in determining the evolutionary paths and different types of isolated neutron stars.
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