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Why do pulsars emit electromagnetic waves from their poles?

  1. Jan 6, 2016 #1
    Is this phenomenon explicable with the simple laws of electromagnetism alone?
     
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  3. Jan 7, 2016 #2
    Yes. Magnetic fields + relativistic electrons.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2016 #3

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    The poles of a pulsar are the weak spot in its magnetosphere. Path of least resistance for EM emissions.
     
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