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Radio Emission and Electric Gaps in Pulsar Magnetospheres

  • Authors: Ashley Bransgrove, Andrei M. Beloborodov, Yuri Levin

Ashley Bransgrove et al 2023 The Astrophysical Journal Letters 958 .

  • Provider: AAS Journals

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Poloidal cross section of the magnetosphere in the quasi-steady state. Green curves show poloidal magnetic field lines, and background color shows plasma density. The clouds of plasma above the polar cap form in e ± discharges. The absence of plasma (dark zone) above the separatrix shows the return-current gaps in the unscreened state; it fills with plasma every ∼2R LC/c during discharge episodes. Magnetic reconnection forms a dynamic plasmoid chain in the equatorial current sheet.

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