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Drifting subpulses and pulsar slowdown rates

Nature volume 257, pages 293294 (25 September 1975) | Download Citation

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MANY models1–3 have been proposed to explain the observed radiation from pulsars, but none has yet explained satisfactorily all the features of pulsar emission. Studies of the relationships between pulsar properties may help in the understanding of the nature and evolution of pulsars and we present here evidence for a close relationship between the direction of drifting of subpulses from a pulsar and its position in a P diagram—the plot of the derivative of a pulsar's period, , against period, P.

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  1. University of Manchester, Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire SKR1 9DN, UK

    • R. T. RITCHINGS
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