Ferrario, Lilia; Wickramasinghe, Dayal
We explore the hypothesis that the magnetic fields of neutron stars are of fossil origin. For parametrized models of the distribution of magnetic flux on the main sequence and of the birth spin period of the neutron stars, we calculate the expected properties of isolated radio pulsars in the Galaxy using as our starting point the initial mass function and star formation rate as a function of Galactocentric radius. We then use the 1374-MHz Parkes Multi-Beam Survey of isolated radio pulsars to...[Show more]
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