Journal Article

The 1997 event in the Crab pulsar revisited

F. Graham Smith, A. G. Lyne and C. Jordan

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 410, issue 1, pages 499-503
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The 1997 event in the Crab pulsar revisited

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A complex event observed in the radio pulses from the Crab pulsar in 1997 included echoes, a dispersive delay and large changes in intensity. It is shown that these phenomena were due to refraction at the edge of a plasma cloud in the outer region of the Crab nebula. Several similar events have been observed, although in less detail. It is suggested that the plasma cloud is in the form of filaments with diameter around 3 × 1011 m and electron density of the order of 104 cm−3.

Keywords: pulsars: general; pulsars: individual: Crab; supernova remnants

Journal Article.  3124 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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