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Why do millisecond pulsars have weaker magnetic fields compared to ordinary pulsars?

Choudhuri, Arnab Rai and Konar, Sushan (2003) Why do millisecond pulsars have weaker magnetic fields compared to ordinary pulsars? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Millisecond pulsars, with magnetic fields weaker by three to four orders compared to those of ordinary pulsars, are presumed to be neutron stars spun up by binary accretion. We expect the magnetic field to get screened by the accreted material. Our simulation of this screening mechanism shows, for the first time, that the field decreases by a purely geometric factor $\sin^{-7/2} \theta_{\rm P,i}$ before freezing to an asymptotic value, where $ \theta_{\rm P,i}$ is the initial angular width of the polar cap. If $ \theta_{\rm P,i}$ lies in the range $5^o$- $10^o$, then the magnetic field diminution factor turns out to be $\sim 10^3$--$10^4$ in conformity with observational data.

Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Curr.Sci. 88 (2004) 444
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/765

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