Are there two types of pulsars

@article{Contopoulos2016AreTT,
  title={Are there two types of pulsars},
  author={I. Contopoulos},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={463}
}
  • I. Contopoulos
  • Published 2016
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
In order to investigate the importance of dissipation in the pulsar magnetosphere we decided to combine Force-Free with Aristotelian Electrodynamics. We obtain solutions that are ideal (non-dissipative) everywhere except in an equatorial current sheet where Poynting flux from both hemispheres converges and is dissipated into particle acceleration and radiation. We find significant dissipative losses (up to about 50% of the pulsar spindown luminosity), similar to what is found in global PIC… Expand

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