Advances in Astronomy and Space Physics, Volume 7, Issue 1-2, PP. 30-35 (2017)
doi: 10.17721/2227-1481.7.30-35

Reflection of positron radiation from star surface
and shift of inter pulse position in Crab pulsar

V. M. Kontorovich1,3, S. V. Trofymenko2,3

1Institute of Radio Astronomy NAS of Ukraine, Art Str., 4, 61002 Kharkiv, Ukraine
2Akhiezer Institute for Theoretical Physics of NSC KIPT, 1 Akademicheskaya Str., Kharkiv 61108, Ukraine
3Karazin Kharkiv National University, Svobody Sq. 4, Kharkiv, 61022, Ukraine

The pulsed radiation from the Crab pulsar consists of the main pulse (MP) and inter pulse (IP), as well as of the extra pulse components appearing at certain frequencies. It has been studied in many frequencies and contains unique information, which is not available for the majority of the pulsars. One of the mysteries of these data, found by Moffett and Hankins twenty years ago, is the shift of the IP at high radio frequencies compared to lower ones and return to its previous position in the more high-frequency optical and X-ray range. We propose the explanation of these mysterious changes with the frequency as a reflection of radiation by relativistic positrons from the stellar surface. The magnetic field of the pulsar in the pole must be inclined to the surface of the star and affects on the discussed processes.

neutron stars; pulsars: PSR B0531+21; radiation mechanisms: non-thermal; interpulse shift