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Canuto et al. 1972

Canuto, V., S. Kumar, and H.J. Lee, 1972: Origin of strong magnetic fields. Nat. Phys. Sci., 235, no. 53, 9-10, doi:10.1038/physci235009a0.

THE existence of extremely strong magnetic fields in neutron stars and white dwarfs is now universally accepted. A possible mechanism by which such fields could originate was proposed by two of us1, and involves the existence of thermodynamic equilibrium states (LOFER states) of an electron gas, which self-consistently maintain the required field provided the temperature is kept below a certain critical value, Tc. Such states are relatively stable (or metastable) states. We pointed out that the decay time from any of these states to any other state (including the absolutely stable states) is long enough to make them virtually stable (or quasistable).

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  author={Canuto, V. and Kumar, S. and Lee, H. J.},
  title={Origin of strong magnetic fields},
  journal={Nature Physical Science},

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ID  - ca05920j
AU  - Canuto, V.
AU  - Kumar, S.
AU  - Lee, H. J.
PY  - 1972
TI  - Origin of strong magnetic fields
JA  - Nat. Phys. Sci.
JO  - Nature Physical Science
VL  - 235
IS  - 53
SP  - 9
EP  - 10
DO  - 10.1038/physci235009a0
ER  -

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