Journal Article

Corotating light cylinders and Alfvén waves

K. N. Gourgouliatos and D. Lynden-Bell

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 410, issue 1, pages 257-262
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Corotating light cylinders and Alfvén waves

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Exact relativistic force-free fields with cylindrical symmetry are explored. Such fields are generated in the interstellar gas via their connection to pulsar magnetospheres both inside and outside their light cylinders. The possibility of much enhanced interstellar fields wound on cylinders of Solar system dimensions is discussed, but these are most likely unstable.

Keywords: MHD; methods: analytical; stars: magnetic field; stars: neutron; stars: pulsars: general

Journal Article.  4097 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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