Pulsar electrodynamics: A time-dependent view

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Pulsar spindown forms a reliable yet enigmatic prototype for the energy loss processes in many astrophysical objects including accretion disks and back holes. In this paper we review the physics or pulsar magnetospheres, concentrating on recent developments in force-free modeling of the magnetospheric structure. In praticular, we discuss a new method for solving the equations of time-dependent force-free relativistic MHD in application to pulsars. This method allows to dynamically study the formation of the magnetosphere and its response to perturbations, opening a qualitatively new window on pulsar phenomena. Applications of the method to other magnetized rotators, such as magnetars and accretion disks, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrophysical Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 22 2005
EventAstrophysical Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation - Torun, Poland
Duration: Jun 20 2005Jun 24 2005

Publication series

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


OtherAstrophysical Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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