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Volume 437, Number 2, July II 2005
Page(s) 537 - 543
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20041319

A&A 437, 537-543 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041319

Radio emission by particles due to pulsar spin

R. M. C. Thomas and R. T. Gangadhara

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore - 560034, India
    e-mail: [mathew;ganga]@iiap.res.in

(Received 19 May 2004 / Accepted 15 February 2005)

We present a relativistic model for the motion of charged particles in rotating magnetic field lines projected onto a plane perpendicular to the rotation axis. By making an approximation that the projected field lines are straight, an analytical expression is obtained for the particle trajectory. The motive behind developing this model is to elucidate some of the effects of rotation in pulsar profiles. There is significant contribution to the curvature of a particle trajectory due to the rotation of the pulsar, which is in addition to the inherent curvature of the field lines. The asymmetry in the observed pulse shapes can be explained by considering the aberration-retardation effects. The single sign circular polarization observed in many pulsars might be due to the relative orientation of sight line with respect to the particle trajectory plane.

Key words: pulsars general -- radiation mechanisms: non-thermal -- stars: rotation -- magnetic fields -- radio continuum: general

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