Journal Article

Determination of the orbital parameters of binary pulsars

Bhaswati Bhattacharyya and Rajaram Nityananda

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 387, issue 1, pages 273-278
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13213.x
Determination of the orbital parameters of binary pulsars

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We present a simple method for determination of the orbital parameters of binary pulsars, using data on the pulsar period at multiple observing epochs. This method uses the circular nature of the velocity space orbit of Keplerian motion and produces preliminary values based on two one-dimensional searches. Preliminary orbital parameter values are then refined using a computationally efficient linear least-squares fit. This method works for random and sparse sampling of the binary orbit. We demonstrate the technique on (i) the highly eccentric binary pulsar PSR J0514−4002 (the first known pulsar in the globular cluster NGC 1851) and (ii) 47 Tuc T, a binary pulsar with a nearly circular orbit.

Keywords: stars: neutron; pulsars: general; pulsars: individual: PSR J0514−4002; pulsars: individual: NGC 1851; pulsars: individual: 47 Tuc T

Journal Article.  3645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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