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Pulsars as Probes of Relativistic Gravity, Nuclear Matter, and Astrophysical Plasmas

  • James M. Cordes
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Abstract

Pulsars are rotating neutron stars (NSs) that provide unique information about their interiors, about the relativistic plasma physics of their magnetospheres, and about the intervening media through which pulses emitted by these objects must propagate. NS spins represent the clock mechanism that underlies usage of pulsars as precise timekeepers for their motions. This last topic is the final aim of this chapter, namely using pulsars to probe gravity in binary stellar systems – particularly those involving a pulsar and another compact star (white dwarf [WD], NS, or black hole [BH])– and also to probe gravitational wave backgrounds that affect the location of both the pulsar and the Earth. Pulsars also provide exquisite opportunities for probing neutron stars and their magnetospheres through a variety of techniques.

Keywords

Neutron Star Gravitational Wave Nuclear Matter Radio Emission White Dwarf 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Cordes
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  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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