Neutron stars lose the bulk of their rotational energy in the form of a pulsar wind: an ultrarelativistic outflow of predominantly electrons and positrons. This pulsar wind significantly impacts the environment and possible binary companion of the neutron star, and studying the resultant pulsar wind nebulae is critical for understanding the formation of neutron stars and millisecond pulsars, the physics of the neutron star magnetosphere, the acceleration of leptons up to PeV energies, and how these particles impact the interstellar medium. With the SKA1 and the SKA2, it could be possible to study literally hundreds of PWNe in detail, critical for understanding the many open questions in the topics listed above.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|State||Published - 2014|
|Event||Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, AASKA 2014 - Giardini Naxos, Italy|
Duration: Jun 9 2014 → Jun 13 2014
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