Oscillating pair creation in pulsar magnetospheres

Don Melrose, Amir Levinson, Alex Judge, Qinghuan Luo

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A model for a pulsar magnetosphere is formulated based on oscillatory pair creation associated with large-amplitude oscillations of an electric field, E, parallel to the magnetic field. The amplitude is large enough for a typical particle (electron or positron) to become highly relativistic before slowing down, reversing its direction of motion and becoming highly relativistic propagating in the opposite direction. The maximum particle energy is above the threshold for effective pair creation, and pair creation is restricted to phases near this maximum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE UNIVERSE
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 28 Sep 2005
EventMAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE UNIVERSE: From Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures - Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Duration: 28 Nov 20043 Dec 2004

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceMAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE UNIVERSE: From Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures
CityAngra dos Reis


  • Large amplitude waves
  • Magnetospheres
  • Pair creation
  • Pulsars: general


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