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Title: Some constraints on the evolutionary history of the binary pulsar PSR 1913+16
Authors: Srinivasan, G.
van den Heuvel, E.P.J.
Keywords: BINARY STARS
NEUTRON STARS
PULSARS
STELLAR EVOLUTION
X RAY SOURCES
ANGULAR MOMENTUM
ROCHE LIMIT
STELLAR MAGNETIC FIELDS
STELLAR MASS ACCRETION
Issue Date: Apr-1982
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Citation: Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1982, Vol.108, p143-147.
Abstract: It is argued that the combination of 0.059 s pulse period and weak surface dipole magnetic field strength of PSR 1913 + 16 is excluded for a newly born pulsar. This yields support to the suggestion that PSR 1913 + 16 obtained its short pulse period during a spiral-in history, in which it underwent heavy accretion of matter with angular momentum from its companion. The shortest possible pulse period compatible with its magnetic field in such a case is approximately 0.04 s. As this spiral-in will have completely circularized the orbit, its presently large orbital eccentricity indicates that a second supernova explosion must have taken place in the system and, consequently, that its companion is also a neutron star (or a black hole). It is argued that the progenitor system was a binary with component masses of at least 8 solar masses. The various possible types of radio pulsars resulting from the evolution of close binaries are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/1599
ISSN: 0004-6361
Alternative Location: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/bib_query?1982A&A...108..143S
Copyright: (1982) by the European Southern Observatory. Scanned images provided by the NASA ADS.
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