Pulsar Astronomy

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Cambridge University Press, 2012 - 345页
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Over the last 40 years, an astonishing range of astrophysics has become accessible through pulsar astronomy. The body of literature on this rapidly growing research area is vast and observational techniques now cover the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum. Now in its fourth edition, this authoritative volume gives a thorough introduction to the field. It is extensively revised throughout and new material includes: astrometry of binary pulsars and relativity theory; millisecond pulsars; the origin and Galactic population of pulsars and magnetars; and the pulsed emission from radio to gamma-rays. Within each topic, the authors concentrate on the fundamental physics and list extensive references, spanning from first discoveries to the most recent advances. Websites for catalogues of known pulsars are also recommended, providing a basis for new research work. The rapid pace of progress in pulsar astronomy makes this essential reading both for advanced students entering the field and established researchers.
 

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目录

The discovery of pulsars
1
Neutron stars
16
Telescopes and techniques
27
The distances of the pulsars
49
Pulsar timing
61
Timing and astrometry of binary pulsars
76
Timing irregularities
88
The Galactic population of pulsars
105
Magnetars
184
Supernovae and their remnants
192
Integrated pulse profiles
207
Individual pulses
230
Location of emitting regions
245
Radiation processes 25 8
258
The emission mechanisms
267
Interstellar scintillation and scattering
279

The Crab and Vela Pulsars
117
Other young pulsars
134
Millisecond and binary pulsars
151
Accretionpowered Xray pulsars
170
The interstellar magnetic field
300
Achievements and prospects
307
Index
341
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Andrew Lyne is Emeritus Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester, a former Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research has focussed on finding radio pulsars and understanding the physics of neutron stars. He has been at the forefront of pulsar research for over 40 years and his discovery of two-thirds of the known pulsars has resulted in several awards, including the Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Descartes Prize of the European Union.

Francis Graham-Smith is Emeritus Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He is a pioneer of radio astronomy and was involved in the discovery and accurate location of discrete radio sources. He has been Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Physical Secretary of the Royal Society, Director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory and Astronomer Royal 1982-1990. The fourth Edition of Pulsar Astronomy is the product of over 40 years of close collaboration in research at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

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