Modified pulsar spindown

I. Contopoulos, A. Spitkovsky

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Abstract

We propose a new electromagnetic pulsar spindown law which takes into account the misalignment of the magnetic and rotation axes, and the magnetospheric particle acceleration gaps. We show that near the death line aligned rotators spin down much slower than orthogonal ones. We predict that the older pulsar population has preferentially smaller magnetic inclication angles, and we discuss a possible signature of such alignment in the existing pulsar data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRECENT ADVANCES IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference of the Hellenic Astronomical Society
Pages301-308
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Hellenic Astronomical Society - Lixourion, Kefallinia Island, Greece
Duration: Sep 8 2005Sep 11 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume848
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other7th International Conference of the Hellenic Astronomical Society
CountryGreece
CityLixourion, Kefallinia Island
Period9/8/059/11/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Keywords

  • Pulsars-MHD

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    Contopoulos, I., & Spitkovsky, A. (2006). Modified pulsar spindown. In RECENT ADVANCES IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS: 7th International Conference of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (pp. 301-308). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 848). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2347994