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Generation of Crab Nebulae Wisps by Plasma Drift Instability
A new mechanism of wisp formation in the Crab Nebula, without recourse to a shock wave, is presented. The mechanism is based on the plasma processes taking place in the relativistic electron-positron plasma, in particular, on excitation of the drift instability in the slightly inhomogeneous magnetic Ðeld of the nebula. The magnetic Ðeld geometry is assumed to be untwisting spiralÈlike, concentrated around the rotational equatorial plane of the pulsar. We infer that the energy is transporteddoi:10.1086/303855 fatcat:x6l4udt4xndj3kn3h2zbxyvcfi