Selective Excitation of Stellar Oscillations of a Magnetar with a Tangled Magnetic Field
Magnetars are strongly magnetized neutron stars. Some of them produce giant flares that exhibit quasi-periodic oscillations which have been attributed to stellar oscillations that modulate the emission. A tangled magnetic field model introduces a spectrum of magnetic normal modes that can explain the observed quasi-periodic oscillations, as expected from stability considerations. We show that reasonable initial conditions selectively excite stellar oscillations, and find promising agreement with data.