Double degenerate mergers as progenitors of high-field magnetic white dwarfs
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High-field magnetic white dwarfs have been long suspected to be the result of stellar mergers. However, the nature of the coalescing stars and the precise mech anism that produces the magnetic field are still unknown. Here we show that the hot, convective, diffe rentially rotating corona present in the outer layers of the remnant of the merger of two degenerate cores is able to produce magnetic fields of the required strength that do not decay for long timescales. We also show, using an state-of-the-art Monte Carlo simulator, that the expected number of high-field magn etic white dwarfs produced in this way is consistent with that found in the Solar neighborhood.
CitationGarcia-berro, E. [et al.]. Double degenerate mergers as progenitors of high-field magnetic white dwarfs. "Astrophysical journal", 10 Abril 2011, vol. 749, núm. 1, p. 1-6.