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Title: Vacuum gaps in pulsars and PSR J2144-3933
Authors: Gil, Janusz
Mitra, D.
Keywords: Magnetic Fields,
Stars: Pulsars: General,
Radiation Mechanisms: Nonthermal
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2001
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 2001, Vol.550, p383-391
Abstract: In this paper we revisit the radio pulsar death line problem within the framework of curvature radiation and/or the inverse Compton scattering-induced vacuum gap model above neutron star polar caps. Our special interest is in the recently detected pulsar PSR J2144-3933 with extremal period 8.5 s, which lies far beyond conventional death lines. We argue that the formation of vacuum gaps requires a complicated multipolar surface magnetic field, with a strength Bs typically much higher than the surface dipolar component Bd and a radii of curvature R much smaller than the neutron star radius R=106 cm. Such a multipolar surface field is also consistent with death lines including the extremal pulsar PSR J2144-3933. Since vacuum gap models produce sparks, our paper naturally supports the spark related models of subpulse drift phenomenon as well as the spark-associated models of coherent pulsar radio emission.
ISSN: 0004-637X
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Copyright: (2001) by the American Astronomical Society.
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