Do soft gamma repeaters emit gravitational waves?
J.A. de Freitas Pacheco
Received 2 February 1998 / Accepted 12 May 1998
Soft gamma repeaters are identified as highly magnetized (B Gauss) neutron stars. Magnetic stresses induce tectonic activity, and field annihilation in faults is the ultimate energy source for the observed -ray emission. As a consequence of the crustal cracking, the stored elastic energy is converted into high frequency (kHz) shear waves, that excite nonradial oscillation modes damped by gravitational wave emission. This class of objects should certainly be considered as potential sources of gravitational waves that could be detected by the present planned interferometric antennas like VIRGO or LIGO.
Key words: gravitational waves stars: neutron
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Online publication: July 7, 1998