Tuesday, February 14 2017

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Many powerful and variable gamma-ray sources, including pulsar wind nebulae (particularly the Crab Nebula), active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts, seem capable of accelerating particles to gamma-ray-emitting energies efficiently over very short time scales. These are likely due to rapid dissipation of electromagnetic energy in a highly magnetized, relativistic plasma. We term such a process as “magnetoluminescence".