Pulsar Emission Physics: The First Fifty Years

Alice K. Harding
2017 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
AbstractOver the last fifty years since the discovery of pulsars, our understanding of where and how pulsars emit the radiation we observe has undergone significant revision. The location and mechanisms of high-energy radiation are intimately tied to the sites of particle acceleration. The evolution of emission models has paralleled the development of increasingly more sensitive telescopes, especially at high energies. I will review the history of pulsar emission modeling, from the early days
more » ... gaps at the polar caps, to outer gaps and slot gaps in the outer magnetosphere, to the present era of global magnetosphere simulations that locate most acceleration and high-energy emission in the current sheets.
doi:10.1017/s1743921318000509 fatcat:zjtg4p5jzrganhvcsn44iu54by