Journal Article

17- and 24-GHz observations of southern pulsars

M. J. Keith, S. Johnston, L. Levin and M. Bailes

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 416, issue 1, pages 346-354
Published in print September 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19041.x
17- and 24-GHz observations of southern pulsars

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We present observations of PSRs J0437–4715, J0738–4042, J0835–4510, J0908–4913, J1048–5832, J1622–4950, J1644–4559, J1721–3532 and J1740–3015 at 17 GHz using the Parkes radio telescope. All nine were detected at 17 GHz, additionally, we detected PSR J0835–4510 and J1622–4950 at 24 GHz. Polarization profiles of each pulsar and the variation with frequency are discussed. In general, we find that the highly polarized edge components of young pulsars continue to dominate their profiles at 17 GHz. Older pulsars (≳105 yr) appear to be almost completely depolarized. Our detection of PSR J0437–4715 is the highest frequency observation of a millisecond pulsar to date, and implies a luminosity at 17 GHz of 14 μJy kpc2, and a mean spectral index of 2.2.

We find that the spectral index of the magnetar PSR J1622–4950 is flat between 1.4 and 24 GHz, similar to the other known radio magnetars XTE J1810–197 and 1E 1547.0–5408. The profile is similar to that at 3.1 GHz, and is highly linearly polarized. Analysis of the frequency evolution of the profile of PSR J0835–4510 show that the profile is made of four components that vary with frequency only in their amplitude. The width and separation of the components remain fixed and the spectral index of each component can be determined independently.

Keywords: pulsars: general; pulsars: individual: PSR J0437–4715; pulsars: individual: PSR J0835–4510; pulsars: individual: PSR J1622–4950

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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