Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 138, Issue 1, pp 113–119 | Cite as

The origin of galactic magnetic fields

  • Martin Beech


In this article it is argued that galactic magnetic fields are generated in the earliest moments of galaxy collapse. Our model proposes that provided, even if only briefly, a supermassive star is formed early on in the galaxy formation process, this star can produce a strong centrally localized magnetic field which may act as the ‘seed’ field from which a galactic field can grow. In order to substantiate this model, detailed numerical calculations will be required.


Magnetic Field Numerical Calculation Formation Process Localize Magnetic Field Galaxy Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Beech
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  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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