Variations of P2 in subpulse drifting pulsars

Yuen, R. and Melrose, D.B. and Samsuddin, M.A. and Tu, Z.Y. and Han, X.H. (2016) Variations of P2 in subpulse drifting pulsars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 459 (1). pp. 603-609. ISSN 0035-8711, DOI

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We develop a model for subpulse separation period, P2, taking into account both the apparent motion of the visible point as a function of pulsar phase, ψ, and the possibility of abrupt jumps between different rotation states in non-corotating pulsar magnetospheres. We identify three frequencies: (i) the spin frequency of the star, (ii) the drift frequency of the magnetospheric plasma in the source region and (iii) the angular frequency of the visible point around its trajectory. We show how the last of these, which is neglected in traditional models by implicitly assuming the line of sight through the centre of the star, affects the interpretation of P2. We attribute the subpulse structure to emission from m antinodes distributed uniformly in azimuthal angle about the magnetic axis. We show that variations of P2 as a function of rotational phase or observing frequency arise naturally when the motion of the visible point is taken into account. We discuss possible application of our model in signifying overall field-line distortion at the emitting region. Abrupt changes in P2 can occur during state switching in the magnetosphere. We demonstrate that the unique value of P2 in each rotation state can be used, in principle, to relate the rotation state of the magnetospheres to subpulse drifting.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Project 11573059 NSFC; the Technology Foundation for Selected Overseas Chinese Scholar, Ministry of Personnel of China; the West Light Foundation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences project XBBS-2014-21, Strategic Priority Research Program 'The Emergence of Cosmological Structures' of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, grant no. XDB09000000, University of Malaya's HIR grant UM.S/625/3/HIR/28, Program of the Light in China'sWestern Region (LCRW) under grant nos. 2015-XBQNB-03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radiation mechanisms: non-thermal; Pulsars: general
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 04:53
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 04:53

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