4.1 Observing basicsBinary and Millisecond Pulsars at 3.5 Going further

4 Pulsar Timing 

It became clear soon after their discovery that pulsars are excellent celestial clocks. In the original discovery paper [97], the period of the first pulsar to be discovered, PSR B1919+21, was found to be stable to one part in tex2html_wrap_inline9167 over a time-scale of a few months. Following the discovery of the millisecond pulsar B1937+21 in 1982 [17Jump To The Next Citation Point In The Article] it was demonstrated that its period could be measured to one part in tex2html_wrap_inline9479 or better [65]. This unrivaled stability leads to a host of applications including time keeping, probes of relativistic gravity and natural gravitational wave detectors.





4.1 Observing basicsBinary and Millisecond Pulsars at 3.5 Going further

image Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Duncan R. Lorimer
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