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Pulsar Astronomy

5th Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108495226

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  • After more than half a century since their unexpected discovery and identification as neutron stars, the observation and understanding of pulsars touches upon many areas of astronomy and astrophysics. The literature on pulsars is vast and the observational techniques used now cover the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma-rays. Now in its fifth edition, this volume has been reorganised and features new material throughout. It provides an introduction in historical and physical terms to the many aspects of neutron stars, including condensed matter, physics of the magnetosphere, supernovae and the development of the pulsar population, propagation in the interstellar medium, binary stars, gravitation and general relativity. The current development of a new generation of powerful radio telescopes, designed with pulsar research in mind, makes this survey and guide essential reading for a growing body of students and astronomers.

    • The only up-to-date, comprehensive review of all topics relating to the field of pulsar astronomy, setting out the basic physical theory for each topic
    • The fifth edition has been fully revised to include advances in observational techniques, pulsar variability, millisecond pulsars, magnetars, thermal radiation from neutron stars, and the location and nature of emission regions
    • Carefully selected references for each research topic have been updated and extend to more than 800 items, providing the foundations for further detailed and intensive reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From reviews of the previous edition(s): ‘[The new edition] 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.' Stephen E. Thorsett, Princeton University, 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.

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    Product details

    • Edition: 5th Edition
    • Date Published: August 2022
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108495226
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 174 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Pulsar Astronomy:
    1. The Discoveries
    2. Telescopes Techniques, Radio to TeV
    3. Receiver Techniques and Data Analysis
    4. Surveys and Population
    5. Pulsar Timing
    6. Timing and Astrometry of Binary Pulsars
    7. The Distances of the Pulsars. Part II. Observed Physical Characteristics:
    8. Pulse Profiles
    9. The Variability of Pulsar Emission
    10. Millisecond Pulsars
    11. Magnetars
    12. Thermal X-rays from Neutron Stars. Part III. Neutron Star Physics:
    13. Neutron Stars
    14. Radius and Mass
    15. Glitches, Timing Noise, Slowdown Switching
    16. Location and Geometry of Emitters
    17. The Emission Mechanisms
    Part IV. Environments and the Interstellar Medium
    18. Supernovae and their Remnants
    Pulsar Wind Nebulae
    19. Interstellar Scintillation and Scattering
    20. The Interstellar Magnetic Field
    21. Prospects

  • Authors

    Andrew Lyne, University of Manchester
    Andrew Lyne has been at the forefront of pulsar research for over 50 years. He has discovered over two-thirds of the known pulsars, has more than 400 publications to his name and has several awards including the Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Descartes Prize of the European Union. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory (1997–2007).

    Francis Graham-Smith, University of Manchester
    Francis Graham-Smith was Astronomer Royal (1982–1990), Physical Secretary of the Royal Society (1988–94), Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (1976–81) and Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory (1981–88). He is the senior author of textbooks on optics and radio astronomy. The fifth edition of Pulsar Astronomy is the product of over 50 years of close collaboration in research at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

    Benjamin Stappers, University of Manchester
    Ben Stappers is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. He has been at the forefront of many aspects of pulsar astronomy from how they emit through to their use as gravitational wave detectors. He has been involved with the development and commissioning of pulsar instrumentation for telescopes including LOFAR, WSRT, Lovell, MeerKAT and the SKA. He currently holds a European Research Council Advanced grant for searching for pulsars and fast transients.

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