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Chandra's Contribution Toward "Grand Unification":Unravelling the Surprising Diversity in Neutron Stars

Victoria Kaspi, McGill University

The last decade has shown us that the observational properties of neutron stars, particularly those in their youth, are remarkably and surprisingly diverse. From magnetars to RRATs, from radio pulsars to the so-called "isolated neutron stars", an enormous puzzle in this field is why we see so many different observational manifestations of what one naively might have thought to be a relatively simple object. In this talk I will review the field, trying to rationalize the many different current "types" of neutron stars, while of course highlighting the many important contributions made by Chandra toward solving this puzzle.