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doi: 10.12942/lrr-1998-10
Living Rev. Relativity 1 (1998), 10

Binary and Millisecond Pulsars

1 West Virginia University, Department of Physics, PO Box 6415, Morgantown, WV 26506, U.S.A.

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Article Abstract

Our knowledge of binary and millisecond pulsars has greatly increased in recent years. This is largely due to the success of large-area surveys which have brought the known population of such systems in the Galactic disk to around 50. As well as being interesting as a population of astronomical sources, many pulsars turn out to be superb celestial clocks. In this review we summarise the main properties of binary and millisecond pulsars and highlight some of their applications to relativistic astrophysics.

Keywords: pulsars -- general

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Article History

ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-1998-10
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 28 August 1998, published 25 September 1998
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2001-5
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 20 April 2001, published 18 June 2001
Changes Article revision based on recent developments (observed pulsar population has almost doubled); appendix with tables of parameters of binary and millisecond pulsars has been added.
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2005-7
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 21 October 2005, published 9 November 2005
Changes The 2005 update includes the latest discoveries of double neutron star binaries, including the double-pulsar system J0737-3039. The impact of this binary on the merger rate of these systems is discussed, as well as its uses as a laboratory for testing general relativity in the strong field regime.
Other notable discoveries featured in the article are 28 new pulsars in the globular cluster Terzan 5.
The number of references has increased from 274 to 347.
Date accepted 28 November 2005, published 29 November 2005
Changes Correction of a few typos in Table 1. For detailed description see here .
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2008-8
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 14 October 2008, published 4 November 2008
Changes Significantly updated and revised 2005 version. Sections 2 and 4 have been extended by new subsections. 59 references have been added.
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