Electromagnetic radiation travelling through the magnetosphere of a neutron star interacts with both with the plamsa magneto-hydrodynamically and with the vacuum quantum-electrodynamically. These processes working in concert provides a model for the formation of pair fireballs in soft-gamma repeaters. These processes working in conflict provides a unique method to probe the properties of the plasma surrounding neutron stars.
22nd Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
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