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Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 000, 000000 (0000) Printed 8 August 2007 (MN LATEX style file v2.2) A search for electron cyclotron maser emission from
 

Summary: Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 000, 000000 (0000) Printed 8 August 2007 (MN LATEX style file v2.2)
A search for electron cyclotron maser emission from
compact binaries
Gavin Ramsay1,2
, Catherine Brocksopp2
, Kinwah Wu2
, Bruce Slee3
, Curtis J. Saxton2
1Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG, Northern Ireland, UK
2Mullard Space Science Lab, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, England, UK
3Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia
8 August 2007
ABSTRACT
Unipolar induction (UI) is a fundamental physical process, which occurs when
a conducting body transverses a magnetic field. It has been suggested that UI is
operating in RX J0806+15 and RX J1914+24, which are believed to be ultra-compact
binaries with orbital periods of 5.4 min and 9.6 min respectively. The UI model predicts
that those two sources may be electron cyclotron maser sources at radio wavelengths.
Other systems in which UI has been predicted to occur are short period extra-solar
terrestrial planets with conducting cores. If UI is present, circularly polarised radio

  

Source: Armagh Observatory

 

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