Astrophysicists Link Brightening of Pulsar Wind Nebula to Pulsar Spin-down Rate Transition—Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Astrophysicists Link Brightening of Pulsar Wind Nebula to Pulsar Spin-down Rate Transition—Chinese Academy of Sciences

Astrophysicists have discovered that the pulsar wind nebula (PWN) surrounding the famous pulsar B0540-69 brightened gradually after the pulsar experienced a sudden spin-down rate transition (SRT). This discovery, made by a group of astrophysicists led by GE Mingyu and LU Fangjun at the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, provides important clues to the spin-down mechanism and the magnetic field structure of the pulsar, as well as the physical properties of the PWN. The results were published in Nature Astronomy.

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