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Searching for solitons in the magnetosphere of a magnetar Wong, Melody Candace


We describe a non-pertrubative method of searching for solitary waves travelling through the magnetosphere of a magnetar. The wave will be supported by the combined effects of nonlinearity and dispersion caused by the presence of a quantum electrodynamic (QED) vacuum in a strongly magnetized field and by a strongly magnetized plasma of the magnetosphere. Using this method, we have found a soliton in the form of an infinite current sheet. The method and the results of this paper could be conducive to research studying the emission of strongly magnetized stars.

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