Journal Article

Stellar forensics — II. Millisecond pulsar binaries

Brad M. S. Hansen and E. Sterl Phinney

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 294, issue 4, pages 569-581
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-8711.1998.01233.x
Stellar forensics — II. Millisecond pulsar binaries

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Abstract

We use the grid of models described in Paper I to analyse those millisecond pulsar binaries whose secondaries have been studied optically. In particular, we find cooling ages for these binary systems that range from < 1 to ∼15 Gyr. Comparison of cooling ages and characteristic spin-down ages allows us to constrain the initial spin periods and spin-up histories for individual systems, showing that at least some millisecond pulsars had sub-Eddington accretion rates and long magnetic field decay times.

Keywords: binaries: general; stars: evolution; pulsars: general; pulsars: individual: J0437-4715; pulsars: individual: J1012+5307; white dwarfs

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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