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A Review of Pulsar Astronomy

  • A. G. Lyne
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 187)

Abstract

A quarter of a century after their discovery, radio pulsars occupy one of astronomy’s most exciting fields, mainly because of the large number of astrophysical areas upon which they impact and because of the several energy bands in which they or their companions are now observable. This paper provides a review of some of the recent advances in pulsar research. While it is generally accepted that pulsars are rapidly rotating, magnetised neutron stars which can generate high-energy particles, in general there has been little progress in the understanding of the physics of the pulsar radiation process during the past decade or so. The main advances have resulted from the explosion in the number of discoveries of millisecond and young pulsars, as the explored ranges of parameter space have expanded. We have also learned where they are to be found. These discoveries have spawned many areas of active study, such as binary stellar evolution, gravitation, globular cluster dynamics, eclipse mechanisms, supernovae, and neutron star birthplaces.

Key words

pulsars neutron stars 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Lyne
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  1. 1.Jodrell Bank, MacclesfieldUniversity of ManchesterCheshireUK

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