Since their discovery in 1967, pulsars have assumed a central role in astronomy and astrophysics, offering an opportunity to explore theoretical physics under extreme conditions. Pulsar Astronomy provides an ideal introductory account for those entering the field, and an invaluable reference for established researchers. Now thoroughly revised for its third edition, it covers research over wavelengths ranging from radio through optical and x-ray to gamma-rays. Topics range from the physics of neutron star interiors to the astrophysics of binary stars and the recent tests of general relativity. It is supported by extensive references and a complete catalogue of all known pulsars.
• Internationally famous authors – Lyne has discovered more pulsars than anyone in the world, and Graham-Smith is one of the founders of the field • Includes a complete and up-to-date catalogue of all known pulsars • Complete revision of a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers • The only up-to-date text covering this wide field • Covers research at all wavelengths (radio, optical, x-ray, gamma-ray)
Preface; 1. The discovery of pulsars; 2. Neutron stars; 3. Searches and surveys; 4. The distances of the pulsars; 5. Pulsar timing; 6. Timing and astrometry of binary pulsars; 7. Timing irregularities; 8. The Galactic population of pulsars; 9. The Crab and Vela pulsars; 10. Other young pulsars; 11. Millisecond and binary pulsars; 12. X-ray pulsars and magnetars; 13. Gamma-ray pulsars; 14. Supernovae and their remnants; 15. The evolution of pulsars; 16. Integrated radio pulse profiles; 17. Individual pulses; 18. Location of emitting regions; 19. Radiation processes; 20. The emission mechanisms; 21. Interstellar scintillation and scattering; 22. The interstellar magnetic field; 23. Achievements and prospects; The Pulsar Catalogue; Bibliography; Index.
'… covers a broad range of topics in a concise way, and it is particularly strong in its discussions of pulsar emission phenomenology, pulsars as probes of the interstellar medium and timing irregularities in young pulsars. With its breadth and clear presentation, the new edition will continue to be a valuable introduction for graduate students and others …' Physics Today
'For anyone starting research, or preparing a graduate lecture course, this comprehensive, authoritative and readable introduction to pulsars, with some interesting historical asides, is strongly recommended.' The Observatory