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Jared Croft
2008-May-24, 01:54 AM
Pardon me if this has already been asked, but since neutrons don't have charges, how can a neutron star have a magnetic field?

dcl
2008-May-24, 02:49 PM
The composition of a neutron star is known only via theory, and theoretical details are not complete. However, a neutron star is believed to contain not only neutrons but also quarks, electrons, protrons, and nuclei of elements heavier than hydrogen, so there is plenty of charge present to account for a magnetic field. For more details, Google "neutron star" and go to "Structure" in the Wikikpedia article.