Journal article

Bumpy Spin-Down of Anomalous X-Ray Pulsars: The Link with Magnetars

A Melatos

International Astronomical Union Colloquium | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2000


AbstractIt is argued that bumps in the timing histories Ω(t) of the anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs) IE 1048.1-5937 and IE 2259+586 are the signature of a magnetar undergoing radiative precession, wherein the hydromagnetic deformation of the neutron star couples to an oscillating component of the vacuum-dipole radiation torque to produce an anharmonic wobble with periodτpr∼ 10 yr. An analysis of Euler’s equations of motion for a biaxial magnet reproduces the amplitude and recurrence time of the bumps for IE 1048.1-5937 and IE 2259+586, predicts Ω(t) for the next 20 years for both objects, and predicts a testable statistical relation betweendΩ/dtandτprfor the AXP population overall. Radiative p..

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