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A universal relation for pulsars, magnetars and potentially also fast radio bursts

Periodic sub-structure in radio emission from magnetars provides an observational link not only between magnetars and fast radio bursts, but across all classes of radio-emitting rotating neutron stars. The correlation between sub-structure periodicity and neutron-star rotational period can be used to determine an underlying period for fast radio bursts.

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Fig. 1: A universal power law for quasi-periodic sub-structure in radio-emitting neutron stars.


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This is a summary of: Kramer, M. et al. Quasi-periodic sub-pulse structure as a unifying feature for radio-emitting neutron stars. Nat. Astron. (2023).

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A universal relation for pulsars, magnetars and potentially also fast radio bursts. Nat Astron 8, 160–161 (2024).

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