The termination shock in a striped pulsar wind

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I present observational and theoretical evidence that most of the pulsar spin-down energy is transferred away as a striped pulsar wind and that this energy is released by annihilation of the alternating magnetic field at the pulsar wind termination shock. One-dimensional particle-in-cells (PIC) simulations show that the alternating fields do annihilate at the termination shock in a striped wind. The particle acceleration should be studied in multidimensional simulations. As a first step, I simulated driven annihilation of alternating fields undergoing compression by an external force. It is shown that that in the course of this process, a particle distribution function is formed, which resembles that observed in plerions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1115
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • ISM:individual:the Crab Nebula
  • MHD
  • Particle acceleration
  • Pulsars:general
  • Shock waves
  • Supernova remnants


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