Carleton Author

Weisberg, Joel J.

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Journal Title

Astrophysical Journal

Publication Date

2008

Volume

679

Issue

1

First Page

687

Publisher

Science and Mathematics

Last Page

696

File Name

042_Weisberg-Joel_ASimpleModelForPulseProfilesFromPrecessingPulsars.pdf

Abstract

We study the observable pulse profiles that can be generated from precessing pulsars. A novel coordinate system is defined to aid visualization of the observing geometry. Using this system we explore the different families of profiles that can be generated by simple, circularly symmetric beam shapes. An attempt is then made to fit our model to the observations of relativistic binary PSR B1913+16. It is found that while qualitatively similar pulse profiles can be produced, this minimal model is insufficient for an accurate match to the observational data. Consequently, we confirm that the emission beam of PSR B1913+16 must deviate from circular symmetry, as first reported by Weisberg & Taylor (2002). However, the approximate fits obtained suggest that it may be sufficient to consider only minimal deviations from a circular beam in order to explain the data. We also comment on the applicability of our analysis technique to other precessing pulsars, both binary and isolated.

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Green

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Yes

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Carleton College

Type

Article

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

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