Highly magnetized region in pulsar wind nebulae and origin of the Crab gamma-ray flares

@inproceedings{Lyubarsky2012HighlyMR,
  title={Highly magnetized region in pulsar wind nebulae and origin of the Crab gamma-ray flares},
  author={Yu. E. Lyubarsky},
  year={2012}
}
The recently discovered gamma-ray flares from the Crab nebula are generally attributed to the magnetic energy release in a highly magnetized region within the nebula. I argue that such a region naturally arises in the polar region of the inner nebula. In pulsar winds, efficient dissipation of the Poynting flux into the plasma energy occurs only in the equatorial belt where the energy is predominantly transferred by alternating fields. At high latitudes, the pulsar wind remains highly magnetized… CONTINUE READING