Minimum glitch of the Crab pulsar and the crustquake as a trigger mechanism

Akbal, Onur and Alpar, M. Ali (2018) Minimum glitch of the Crab pulsar and the crustquake as a trigger mechanism. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473 (1). pp. 621-624. ISSN 0035-8711 (Print) 1365-2966 (Online)

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We discuss the minimum glitch size of Crab observed by Espinoza et al. (2014). Modelling the crustquake as a trigger mechanism, we estimate the size of the broken plate. The plate size obtained, D ~ 100m is comparable to plate size estimates for PSR J1119-6127. The plate size naturally leads to an estimate of the number of unpinned vortices involved in the glitch, N ~ 1013. This number is of the same order in all Crab and Vela pulsar glitches. The minimum glitch relates the constancy of all these numbers among different pulsars to the basic plate size involved in crust breaking. This in turn depends on the critical strain angle θcr of the Coulomb lattice in the neutron star crust. The minimum glitch size implies θcr ~ 10-1 in agreement with theoretical and computational estimates.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dense matter; Pulsars: general; Pulsars: individual: Crab; Stars: neutron
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: M. Ali Alpar
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2023 22:20
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2023 22:20

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