Line Emission from Magnetized Neutron Stars and Electron Cyclotron Maser Instability

  • Wang De Yu
  • Mao Din Yi
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The Electron cyclotron maser instability might occur above the magnetized accretion column of neutron stars, due to a few electrons with a non-thermal velocity distribution. The coherent emission with frequency close to the electron cyclotron frequency andits second harmonic frequency might be amplified by this instability. in the case of line emission from Her X-1. the growth rates of the instability have been calculated using loss-cone and hollow beam velocity distributions. The growth rates increase proportionally with the electron density in the accretion column, and vary rapidly with emission angle. The observations about the intensity and the energy of emission line correlated with Her X-1 pulse phase have also been explained.


Neutron Star Emission Line Electron Cyclotron Nonthermal Electron Pulse Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang De Yu
    • 1
  • Mao Din Yi
    • 2
  1. 1.Purple Mountain ObservatoryNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hohai UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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