Optical identification of the millisecond pulsar 1937+214


Backer et al.1 have reported the discovery of a pulsar with the period of 1.558 ms, identified with the source 1937 + 214 (=4021.53). The extreme rotational velocity and high energy loss rate of this object make it a very interesting astrophysical phenomenum not only as an important clue for the physics of neutron stars and supernova remnants, but also as a potential strong emitter of gravitational radiation (S. White and J. Arons, personal communication). I present here an optical identification candidate for the millisecond pulsar: it is a 20th mag red object, undetectable on the Palomar Sky Survey prints. Finding charts and offsets from nearby stars are given.

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    Backer, D., Kulkarni, S., Heiles, C., Davis, M. & Goss, W. Nature 300, 615–618 (1982).

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Djorgovski, S. Optical identification of the millisecond pulsar 1937+214. Nature 300, 618–619 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1038/300618a0

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