On the disruption of pulsar and X-ray binaries in globular clusters

Дата и время публикации : 2013-10-17T12:09:43Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Frank Verbunt
Paulo C. C. Freire

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Коментарии к cтатье: 10 pages, 5 figures, accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

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

Краткий обзор статьи: The stellar encounter rate Gamma has been shown to be strongly correlated with the number of X-ray binaries in clusters and also to the number of radio pulsars. However, the pulsar populations in different clusters show remarkably different characteristics: in some GCs the population is dominated by binary systems, in others by single pulsars and exotic systems that result from exchange encounters. In this paper, we describe a second dynamical parameter for globular clusters, the encounter rate for a single binary, gamma. We find that this parameter provides a good characterization of the differences between the pulsar populations of different globular clusters. The higher gamma is for any particular globular cluster the more isolated pulsars and products of exchange interactions are observed. Furthermore, we also find that slow and "young" pulsars are found almost exclusively in clusters with a high gamma; this suggests that these kinds of objects are formed by the disruption of X-ray binaries, thus halting the recycling of a previously dead neutron star. We discuss the implications of this for the nature of young pulsars and for the formation of neutron stars in globular clusters.

Category: Physics