Giant pulse emission from PSR B0950+08

Дата и время публикации : 2012-09-23T18:12:24Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Ashok K. Singal
Hari Om Vats

Ссылка на журнал-издание: Astr.J,144:155-162,1912
Коментарии к cтатье: 10 pages, 7 figures
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE, astro-ph.GA

Краткий обзор статьи: We present here the detection of giant-pulse emission from PSR B0950+08, a normal-period pulsar. The observations, made at 103 MHz and lasting for about ten months, have shown on a number of days the frequency of occurrence of giant pulses to be the highest among the known pulsars. The flux–density level of successive giant pulses fluctuates rapidly and their occurrence rates within a day’s observations as well as between neighboring days show large variations. While on some days PSR B0950+08 shows a large number of giant pulses, there are other days when it shows only "quasi-nulls" with no detectable emission in the power spectrum or in the folded pulse data. The cumulative intensity distribution of these giant pulses appears to follow a power law, with index -2.2. After eliminating instrumental, ionospheric, interplanetary and interstellar diffractive and refractive scintillation effects as the cause, it appears that these intensity variations are intrinsic to the pulsar. We suggest that the giant pulse emission and nulling may be opposite manifestations of the same physical process, in the former case an enhanced number of charges partaking in the coherent radiation process giving rise to an extremely high intensity while in the latter case the coherence could be minimal.

Category: Physics