Theory of Neutron Star Magnetospheres

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First came the discovery of the radio pulsars. These objects are now almost universally believed to be rotating magnetized neutron stars. Next came the discovery of pulsating X-ray sources, even more energetic objects radiating in an entirely different part of the electromagnetic spectrum but nevertheless believed also to be rotating magnetized neutron stars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226523316
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Series: Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Curtis Michel is the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics at Rice University. He has contributed more than 150 articles to the scientific literature and was a scientific astronaut with NASA for several years.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1. Pulsars as Neutron Stars
1.1. Historical Notes
1.2. Nature of Pulsars
1.3. Dimensional Analysis
1.4. Comparison with Planetary Magnetospheres
1.5. Observational Situation
1.6. Pulsar Properties and Statistics (exceptional properties)
1.7. Neutron Star Properties
2. General Analysis of What a Pulsar Is
2.1. Introduction to the Models
2.2. Observational Constraints
2.3. Physical Constraints
2.4. Pulsar Statistics
2.5. Emission Mechanisms
2.6. Propagation
2.7. Other Pulsar Emissions
3. Phenomenological Models
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Hollow Cone Model
3.3. Other Suggestions
4. Idealized Model: The Aligned Rotator
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Aligned Rotator Electrodynamics
4.3. The Former "Standard" Model
4.4. Problems with Standard Model
4.5. Extensions of the Standard Model
5. A. Realistic Model: The Oblique Rotator
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Large-Amplitude Electromagnetic Wave Generation
5.3. Plasma Distribution about an Oblique Rotator
6. The Disk Model
6.1. Introduction
6.2. The Electrodynamics
6.3. The Disk
6.4. Consequences of Disks
7. Alternative Models
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Jupiter as a Pulsar
7.3. Oscillating Objects
7.4. Sheet Discontinuities
7.5. Unconventional Models
7.6. White Dwarf Hypothesis
7.7. Black Holes
8. Radio Emission Models
8.1. Introduction
8.2. Radiation Models
8.3. Bunching Mechanisms
8.4. Maser Mechanisms
9. Winds and Jets from Pulsars
9.1. Introduction
9.2. Steady State Magnetohydrodynamic Solutions
9.3. Steady State Charge-Separated Solutions
9.4. Waves in the Wind
9.5. Plasma Pickup by Pulsar Electromagnetic Waves
9.6. Cosmic Ray Acceleration in Shocks
10. Pulsating X-ray Sources
10.1. Introduction
10.2. Symmetric Accretion into a Gravitational Well (e.g., neutron stars)
10.3. Accretion onto a Magnetized Neutron Star
10.4. Evolution of the Disk
11. Gamma-ray Burst Sources
11.1. Introduction
11.2. Gamma-ray Bursts from Extinct Radio Pulsars
12. Other Phenomena Driven by Neutron Stars
12.1. Introduction
12.2. Objects Possibly Containing Neutron Stars

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