Revised Pulsar Spin-down

  title={Revised Pulsar Spin-down},
  author={Ioannis Contopoulos and Anatoly Spitkovsky},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
We address the issue of electromagnetic pulsar spin-down by combining our experience from the two limiting idealized cases that have been studied thoroughly in the past: that of an aligned rotator, in which ideal MHD conditions apply, and that of a misaligned rotator in vacuum. We construct a spin-down formula that takes into account the misalignment of the magnetic and rotation axes, and the magnetospheric particle acceleration gaps. We show that near the death line, aligned rotators spin down… Expand

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