Reconnection in a striped pulsar wind

  title={Reconnection in a striped pulsar wind},
  author={Y. Lyubarsky and J. Kirk},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
It is generally thought that most of the spin-down power of a pulsar is carried away in an MHD wind dominated by Poynting flux. In the case of an oblique rotator, a significant part of this energy can be considered to be in a low-frequency wave, consisting of stripes of a toroidal magnetic field of alternating polarity propagating in a region around the equatorial plane. Magnetic reconnection in such a structure has been proposed as a mechanism for transforming the Poynting flux into particle… Expand

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