View Full Version : Are all neutron stars pulsars?

Tom Mazanec
2014-Feb-08, 05:33 PM
That is do all neutron stars emit regularly varying radio signals to Earth, or are there "burned out" ones that we can't detect that way, or ones that"broadcast" in different directions than Earth?

2014-Feb-08, 05:49 PM
Some are not radio emitters towards us: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_quiet_neutron_stars

2014-Feb-08, 07:27 PM
Most neutron stars are not pulsars. They are typically pulsars for only a few hundred thousand years, unless they are stealing material from a closely orbiting companion.