Astronomy Letters

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 241–246 | Cite as

On the possible observational manifestation of the impact of a supernova shock on the neutron star magnetosphere



The impact of a supernova explosion on the magnetosphere of a neutron star in a massive binary system is considered. The supernova shock impact on a plasma-filled neutron star magnetosphere can give rise to a long magnetospheric tail with a considerable store of magnetic energy. Magnetic reconnection in the formed current sheet can transform the magnetic energy stored in the tail into the kinetic energy of charged particles. The plasma instabilities excited by beams of accelerated relativistic particles can lead to the formation of a short pulse of coherent radio emission with parameters similar to those measured for the bright extragalactic millisecond radio burst detected in 2007.

Key words

supernovae pulsars radiation mechanisms 

PACS numbers

97.60.Bw 97.60.Gb 95.30.Gv 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    P. Goldreich and W. H. Julian, Astrophys. J. 157, 869 (1969).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    S. A. Grebenev and R. A. Sunyaev, Pis’ma Astron. Zh. 13, 1024 (1987) [Sov. Astron. Lett. 13, 431 (1987)].Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    V. S. Imshennik and D. K. Nadyozhin, Sov. Sci. Sect. E 8, 1 (1989).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ya. N. Istomin and B. V. Komberg, Astron. Zh. 46, 908 (2002) [Astron. Rep. 46, 908 (2002)].Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    D. R. Lorimer, M. Bailes, M. A. McLaughlin, et al., Science 318, 777 (2007).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Yu. E. Lyubarsky, Astron. Astrophys. Lett. 33, 265 (1992).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Yu. E. Lyubarsky, Astron. Astrophys. 311, 172 (1996).ADSGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Yu. E. Lyubarsky, Astrophys. J. 682, 1443 (2008).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    S. B. Popov and K. A. Postnov, arXiv:0710.2006 (2007).Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    K. A. Postnov and L. R. Yungelson, Living Rev. Relativ. (2006).Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    V. Usov, Nature 357, 472 (1992).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    V. Usov,Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 267, 1035 (1994).Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    S. Zenitani and M. Hoshino, Astrophys. J. 670, 702 (2007).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscowRussia

Personalised recommendations