AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 17. Pulsars, White Dwarfs and Galactic Gamma Ray Sources
Display, Monday, January 7, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[17.07] Spontaneous Magnetization of Pulsar Interiors

H. O. Thurman III, G. E. Copeland (Old Dominion University)

We are modeling the high frequency component of pulsar radiation, which is produced by curvature radiation, inverse Compton scattering, synchotron radiation, and etc. Curvature radiation, which initiates the cascade of radiation, requires a magnetic field structure that contains multipoles higher than only the dipole. We have investigated the spontaneous magnetization of the neutron interior to produce the pulsar magnetic field in two regimes: T=0 and T\neq0. The approximate solution, T=0, produces surface magnetic field values (1012-13G) consistent with observations and the magnetic field structure produced contains higher order multipoles. The numerical solution, T>0, also exhibits spontaneous magnetization. Our present task is to finish the numerical solutions of T>0.

Research funded by Virginia Space Grant.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: hthur001@odu.edu

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