Elementary Processes In Strong Magnetic Fields

Joseph Ventura

Department of Physics, University of Crete, and Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser

71003 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

[email protected]

Abstract The magnetic constriction of electronic orbits in strong magnetic fields (SMF) drastically modifies the properties of electronic matter, while SMF will even modify the properties of electromagnetic radiation in vacuum through such processes as polarization, pair creation, and photon splitting. We review the bulk properties of matter in SMF with emphasis on radiative opacities and transport in external magnetic fields appropriate for application to pulsars and magnetars. SMF changes in atomic matter and condensed matter at the surface layers of neutron stars are also touched upon.

Keywords: stars:neutron - stars:pulsars - stars:magnetic fields

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