Fast magnetosonic waves in pulsar winds

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Abstract

Fast magnetosonic waves in a magnetically dominated plasma are investigated. In the pulsar wind these waves may transport a significant fraction of the energy flux. It is shown that the non-linear steepening and subsequent formation of multiple shocks is a viable mechanism for wave dissipation in the pulsar wind. Wave dissipation both in the free pulsar wind and beyond the wind termination shock is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-771
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume339
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2003

Keywords

  • MHD
  • Pulsars: General
  • Supernova remnants
  • Waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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