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    On the inverse Compton scattering model of radio pulsars

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    Some characteristics of the inverse Compton scattering (ICS) model are reviewed. At least the following properties of radio pulsars can be reproduced in the model: core or central emission beam, one or two hollow emission cones, different emission heights of these components, diverse pulse profiles at various frequencies, linear and circular polarization features of core and cones.Comment: 5 pages, no figures, LaTeX, a proceeding paper for Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics, Aug. 1999, HongKong, Chin

    What if pulsars are born as strange stars?

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    The possibility and the implications of the idea, that pulsars are born as strange stars, are explored. Strange stars are very likely to have atmospheres with typical mass of 5×1015M\sim 5\times 10^{-15}M_\odot but bare polar caps almost throughout their lifetimes, if they are produced during supernova explosions. A direct consequence of the bare polar cap is that the binding energies of both positively and negatively charged particles at the bare quark surface are nearly infinity, so that the vacuum polar gap sparking scenario as proposed by Ruderman & Sutherland should operate above the cap, regardless of the sense of the magnetic pole with respect to the rotational pole. Heat can not accumulate on the polar cap region due to the large thermal conductivity on the bare quark surface. We test this ``bare polar cap strange star'' (BPCSS) idea with the present broad band emission data of pulsars, and propose several possible criteria to distinguish BPCSSs from neutron stars.Comment: 31 pages in Latex. Accepted by AstroParticle Physic

    Electric Character of Strange Stars

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    Using the Thomas-Fermi model, we investigated the electric characteristics of a static non-magnetized strange star without crust in this paper. The exact solutions of electron number density and electric field above the quark surface are obtained. These results are useful if we are concerned about physical processes near the quark matter surfaces of strange stars.Comment: 4 pages, 2 figures, LaTeX, Published in Chinese Physics Letters, Vol.16, p.77