GATE: Why do neutron stars rotate so slowly?

Modern stellar physics now based on a new laboratory experiment

The GATE experiment as successor of the awarded ,,PROMISE" experiment, that proved the existence of the so-called magnetorotational instability (MRI) in 2010, represents the second successful team work of astronomers from AIP with scientists at HZDR to shed more light on stars in the lab.



  1. G. Rüdiger, M. Gellert, M. Schultz, K. Strassmeier, F. Stefani, T. Gundrum, M. Seilmayer, G. Gerbeth: Critical field and growth rate in a columnar Gallium-Tayler experiment, Astrophysical Journal, submitted (Preprint: arXiv:1201.2318 )
  2. M. Seilmayer, F. Stefani, T. Gundrum, T. Weier, G. Gerbeth, M. Gellert, G. Rüdiger: Experimental evidence for Tayler instability in a liquid metal column, PRL, in press (Preprint: arXiv:1112.2103)
  3. M. Gellert, G. Rüdiger: Eddy diffusivity from hydromagnetic Taylor-Couette flow experiments, Phys. Rev. E 80, 046314


Scientific contact

  • Prof. Günther Rüdiger, Tel. +49 331 7499 - 512
  • Dr. Marcus Gellert, Tel. +49 331 7499 - 530
  • Prof. Gunther Gerbeth, Tel. +49 351 260 - 3484
  • Dr. Frank Stefani, Tel. +49 351 260 - 3069
Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam (Germany)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institut für Fluiddynamik
Bautzner Landstraße 400, D-01328 Dresden (Germany)


Press contact
Kerstin Mork, Tel. +49 331 7499 - 469, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam (Germany)