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Could all supermassive objects in the center of galaxies be SGR's post mortem?

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Apr5-06, 01:41 PM
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I tried to fix the title (I realized it contradicts what I posted), but I couldn't (retarded is that.), and I can't even delete my own thread, so here's the new title:

Could the supermassive object in the Milkyway be a SGR post mortem?

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In the outer layers of a magnetar, which consist of a plasma of heavy elements (mostly iron), tensions can arise that lead to 'starquakes'. These seismic vibrations are extremely energetic, and result in a burst of X-ray and gamma ray radiation. To astronomers, such an object is known as a soft gamma repeater.

The life of a magnetar as a soft gamma repeater is short: Starquakes cause large ejections of energy, and matter. The matter is held in the strong magnetic field, and evaporates in minutes. Radial ejection of matter carries away angular momentum which slows the rotation. Magnetars lose rotational speed at a higher rate than other neutron stars, attributed to their high magnetic field. Slowdown weakens the magnetic field, and after only about 10,000 years the starquakes cease. After this, the star still radiates X-rays, and astronomers conjecture it forms an anomalous X-ray pulsar. After another 10,000 years, it becomes completely quiet. Starquakes are blockbuster detonations and some have been directly recorded, such as that at SGR 1806-20 on December 27, 2004, and more are expected to be recorded as telescopes increase in fidelity.
Is it possible that the supermassive object in the center of the milkyway (link) is really a dead object that was once a really huge soft gamma repeater in the Quasar stage?

Could Seyfert galaxies possess supermassive X-ray pulsars in the center?

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Pulsars and soft gamma-ray repeaters are neutron stars -- i.e. ~10 km sized objects supported with neutron degeneracy pressure. There's no way, with current theory, to produce a neutron star as massive as the object at the center of our galaxy. It just couldn't support itself from gravity. Maximum masses for neutron stars are expected to be around ~1.5-5 solar masses, not three million.

Also, your link at the bottom refers to colliding neutron stars, which is a possible mechanism for gamma-ray bursts, different from soft gamma-ray repeaters

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