ChJAA Vol 2, No 4 (2002) / Qiao

More Emission Cones: Multi-frequency Simulation of the Pulse Profiles of PSR J0437--4715  

Guo-Jun Qiao, Xu-Dong Wang, Hong-Guang Wang, Ren-Xin Xu

Abstract

Pulsar radio emission beams have been studied observationally for a long time, and the suggestion is that they consist of the so-called core and conal components. To reproduce these components is a challenge for any emission model, and that the pulse profile of pulsars changes with frequency presents even a greater challenge. Assuming a local surface magnetic structure (to produce the core or central beam) and a global dipole magnetic field (to produce the conal beams), Gil & Krawczyk (1997) applied curvature radiation to the pulse profile simulation of PSR J0437-4715 (hereafter the GK model). Here we present an alternative multi-frequency simulation of the same profiles within the framework of the Inverse Compton Scattering (ICS) model. It is obtained from our simulation (1) that besides the core, the inner cone and the outer cone, there is an outer-outer cone; (2) that the emission components of the core and cones evolve strongly with frequency. Some important differences between the ICS model and the GK model are discussed, which need to be tested by further observations.

Keywords


pulsar: general --- radiation mechanisms: ICS --- pulsar: individual (PSR J0437--4715)

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