Pulsar braking: magnetodipole vs. wind

  title={Pulsar braking: magnetodipole vs. wind},
  author={Hao Tong},
  journal={Science China Physics, Mechanics \& Astronomy},
  • H. Tong
  • Published 15 June 2015
  • Physics
  • Science China Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy
Pulsars are good clocks in the universe. One fundamental question is that why they are good clocks? This is related to the braking mechanism of pulsars. Nowadays pulsar timing is done with unprecedented accuracy. More pulsars have braking indices measured. The period derivative of intermittent pulsars and magnetars can vary by a factor of several. However, during pulsar studies, the magnetic dipole braking in vacuum is still often assumed. It is shown that the fundamental assumption of magnetic… 

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