Pulsar magnetosphere: The incredible machine

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Abstract

I review the progress in understanding the structure of pulsar magnetospheres, including the questions of plasma supply, spin down energy loss and magnetospheric reconnection. While some persistent questions about pulsars are getting answered, new questions invariably appear, such as the physics of intense current layers and its connection to pulsar emission processes and particle acceleration. New observations of transient pulsars are providing a direct probe of the magnetospheric current system. I outline how together with numerical simulations they help to constrain the physics of the incredible magnetospheric machine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40 Years Of Pulsars
Subtitle of host publicationMillisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
Pages20-28
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 20 2008
Event40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 12 2007Aug 17 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume983
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/12/078/17/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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    Spitkovsky, A. (2008). Pulsar magnetosphere: The incredible machine. In 40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More (pp. 20-28). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 983). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2900143