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- The scintillation velocity of the relativistic binary pulsar PSR J1141-6545
- Ord, Stephen M.; Bailes, Matthew; van Straten, W.
- We report a dramatic orbital modulation in the scintillation timescale of the relativistic binary pulsar J1141-6545 that both confirms the validity of the scintillation speed methodology and enables us to derive important physical parameters. We have determined the space velocity, the orbital inclination, and even the longitude of the periastron of the binary system, which we find to be in good agreement with that obtained from pulse-timing measurements. Our data permit two equally significant physical interpretations of the system. The system is either an edge-on binary with a high space velocity (~115 km s-1) or a more face-on binary with a much slower velocity (~45 km s-1). We favor the former, as it is more consistent with pulse timing and the distribution of known neutron star masses. Under this assumption, the runaway velocity of 115 km s-1 is much greater than is expected if pulsars do not receive a natal kick at birth. The derived inclination of the binary system is 76deg+/-2.5d, implying a companion mass of 1.01+/-0.02 Msolar and a pulsar mass of 1.29+/-0.02 Msolar. Our derived physical parameters indicate that this pulsar should prove to be an excellent laboratory for tests of gravitational wave emission.
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- Journal article
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- Swinburne University of Technology. School of Biophysical Science and Electrical Engineering. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 574, no. 1 (2002), pp. L75-L78
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- Stars; ISM; Pulsars; PSR J1141-6545; Kinematics
- University of Chicago Press
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- © 2002 The American Astronomical Society. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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