Are Most Pulsars Really Magnetars In Disguise

Paris, France (ESA) Oct 21, 2010 ![][1] Astronomers using XMM-Newton and other world-class X-ray telescopes have probed a curious source, which emits flares and bursts just like a magnetar but lacks the extremely high external magnetic field typical of these objects. The detection of this source, which could be powered by a strong, internal magnetic field hidden to observations, may mean that many ‘ordinary’ pulsars are dormant



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