Journal Article

On the collective curvature radiation

Ya. N. Istomin, A. A. Philippov and V. S. Beskin

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 422, issue 1, pages 232-240
Published in print May 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
On the collective curvature radiation

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In this paper, we study one possible mechanism of pulsar radio emission (i.e. with the collective curvature radiation of the relativistic particle stream moving along the curved magnetospheric magnetic field lines). We show that an electromagnetic wave that contains one cylindrical harmonic exp {isφ} cannot be radiated by the curvature radiation mechanism, which corresponds to the radiation of a charged particle moving along curved magnetic field lines. The point is that a particle in a vacuum radiates the triplex of harmonics (s, s± 1) in which the polarization of the emitted wave changes from one point to another on a circle of constant radius, while for one s-harmonic the polarization remains constant. So, for the collective curvature radiation, the wave polarization is very important and cannot be fixed a priori. For this reason, the polarization of real unstable waves must be determined directly from the solution of wave equations for the media. Its electromagnetic properties should be described by the dielectric permittivity tensor , which contains information on the reaction on all possible types of radiation.

Keywords: radiation mechanisms: general; pulsars: general

Journal Article.  4233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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