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PSR J0737-3039A: baseband timing and polarimetry


Hotan, AW and Bailes, M and Ord, SM, PSR J0737-3039A: baseband timing and polarimetry, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 362, (4) pp. 1267-1272. ISSN 0035-8711 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.09389.x


We describe 2004 May observations of the 22.7-ms 'A' pulsar in the double pulsar binary system, J0737-3039. Our data were obtained with a coherent dedispersion system at 20 and 50 cm wavelength bands, during an intensive 15 d observing session at the Parkes radio telescope. High signal-to-noise-ratio (S/N) polarimetric profiles of the 'A' pulsar are presented; these profiles provide templates against which to search for evolution of the pulse profile in coming years. We measure flux densities for the 'A' pulsar of 1.2 ±0.1 mJy at 1373MHz and 4.2 ± 0.5 mJy at 685 MHz. Faraday rotation is also detected in both bands; the rotation measure of the pulsar is -121 ± 4rad m-2 at 1373MHz and -118.4 ± 0.3 rad m-2 at 685 MHz, implying a mean longitudinal component of the magnetic field of approximately 3 μG along the line of sight to the pulsar. Pulse arrival times from individual 2-min integrations are analysed and we detect a clear signature of Shapiro delay in the timing residuals. Assuming a mass of 1.25 M⊙ for the companion 'B' pulsar, we derive a limit of 88.5-1.1 +0.8° on the inclination angle of the system, almost consistent with the most recent limit of 0.29 ± 0.14° away from 90°, obtained from scintillation studies. The need to obtain many arrival times near inferior conjunction forces us to use low S/N profiles for our analysis. This can lead to unrealistic error estimates if standard timing techniques are used. In an appendix, we describe how to obtain more realistic error estimates and how to avoid some catastrophic consequences of building a standard template profile from low S/N data. © 2005 RAS.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Hotan, AW (Dr Aidan Hotan)
ID Code:45112
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2007-07-03
Last Modified:2007-07-03

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