Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 227, Issue 1–2, pp 229–253 | Cite as

Radiation properties of pulsar magnetospheres: observation, theory, and experiment

  • Kevin R. Healy
  • Anthony L. Peratt


In the three decades since their discovery, the accumulated body of observational data from pulsar sources puts constraints on models that seek to explain their periodic radiation. This paper reviews this data, reports on a VLA search for haloes predicted by an early model, and reinvestigates a magnetospheric disk-field-aligned-current transmission line system as the origin of the observed radiation, with external wave excitation by as yet an unexplained source. Three dimensional, fully electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulations of the pulsar surface and magnetosphere are used to explore the waveshape and polarization properties of the observed radiation.

Key words

Pulsars Radio Astronomy Plasma Astrophysics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin R. Healy
    • 1
  • Anthony L. Peratt
    • 2
  1. 1.Very Large Array Operations CenterNational Radio Astronomy ObservatorySocorroUSA
  2. 2.Physics DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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