We review the observational properties of the class of young neutron stars known as ``anomalous X-ray pulsars,'' emphasizing the tremendous progress that has been made in recent years, and explain why these objects, like the ``soft gamma repeaters,'' are today thought to be young, isolated, ultrahigh magnetic field neutron stars, or ``magnetars.''
Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements
- Pub Date:
- June 2004
- 10 pages, 5 figures. To appear in Proc. of the BeppoSAX Symposium: "The Restless High-Energy Universe," Eds. E.P.J. van den Heuvel, J.J.M. in't Zand, and R.A.M.J. Wijers