volume 504, issue 1, P1164-1182 2021
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stab663
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Joseph C Weingartner, Erald Kolasi, Cameron Woods

Abstract: Abstract Interstellar dust grains are non-spherical and, in some environments, partially aligned along the direction of the interstellar magnetic field. Numerous alignment theories have been proposed, all of which examine the grain rotational dynamics. In 1999, Lazarian & Draine introduced the important concept of thermal flipping, in which internal relaxation processes induce the grain body to flip while its angular momentum remains fixed. Through detailed numerical simulations, we study th…

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