On the circular polarization of pulsar radiation

Y. E. Lyubarskii, S. A. Petrova

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We consider the polarization behaviour of radio waves propagating through an ultrarelativistic highly magnetized electron-positron plasma in a pulsar magnetosphere. The rotation of magnetosphere gives rise to the wave mode coupling in the polarization-limiting region. The process is shown to cause considerable circular polarization in the linearly polarized normal waves. Thus, the circular polarization observed for a number of pulsars, despite the linear polarization of the emitted normal waves, can be attributed to the limiting-polarization effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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