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I am studying this paper:

Isolated thermal neutron stars, soft gamma-ray repeaters and anomalous X-ray pulsars: propellers and early accretors with conventional magnetic fields?

arxiv:astro-ph/9912228

It talks about the propeller phase of a pulsar: what is it?

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I think I have found the answer in the paper Illarionov & Sunyaev 1975 A&A 39,185:

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So the propeller phase is the second phase of the life of a pulsar in which the magnetosphere of the star prevents the accretion of matter onto the star

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