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Title: Improving pulsar distances by modelling interstellar scattering
Authors: Deshpande, A.A.
Ramachandran, R.
Keywords: SCATTERING,
STARS: DISTANCES,
STARS: KINEMATICS,
PULSARS: GENERAL,
ISM: GENERAL,
HII REGIONS
Issue Date: Oct-1998
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing for the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1998, Vol.300, p577-582
Abstract: We present here a method to study the distribution of electron density fluctuations in pulsar directions as well as to estimate pulsar distances. The method, based on a simple two-component model of the scattering medium discussed by Gwinn, Bartel & Cordes, uses scintillation and proper motion data in addition to the measurements of angular broadening and temporal broadening to solve for the model parameters, namely, the fractional distance to a discrete scatterer and the associated relative scattering strength. We show how this method can be used to estimate pulsar distances reliably, when the location of a discrete scatterer (e.g. an HII region), if any, is known. Considering the specific example of PSR B0736-40, we illustrate how a simple characterization of the Gum nebula region (using the data on the Vela pulsar) is possible and can be used along with the temporal broadening measurements to estimate pulsar distances.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/1576
ISSN: 0035-8711
Alternative Location: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/bib_query?1998MNRAS.300..577D
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-data_query?bibcode=1998MNRAS.300..577D&link_type=ARTICLE&db_key=AST
Copyright: (1998) Royal Astronomical Society
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