Vol. 11 (2008) > lrr-2008-8

doi: 10.12942/lrr-2008-8
Living Rev. Relativity 11 (2008), 8

Binary and Millisecond Pulsars

1 West Virginia University, Department of Physics, PO Box 6415, Morgantown, WV 26506, U.S.A.

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Article Abstract

We review the main properties, demographics and applications of binary and millisecond radio pulsars. Our knowledge of these exciting objects has greatly increased in recent years, mainly due to successful surveys which have brought the known pulsar population to over 1800. There are now 83 binary and millisecond pulsars associated with the disk of our Galaxy, and a further 140 pulsars in 26 of the Galactic globular clusters. Recent highlights include the discovery of the young relativistic binary system PSR J1906+0746, a rejuvination in globular cluster pulsar research including growing numbers of pulsars with masses in excess of $1.5\,M_{\odot}$, a precise measurement of relativistic spin precession in the double pulsar system and a Galactic millisecond pulsar in an eccentric (e=0.44) orbit around an unevolved companion.

Keywords: pulsars

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Article History

ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-1998-10
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 28 August 1998, published 25 September 1998
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2001-5
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 20 April 2001, published 18 June 2001
Changes Article revision based on recent developments (observed pulsar population has almost doubled); appendix with tables of parameters of binary and millisecond pulsars has been added.
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2005-7
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 21 October 2005, published 9 November 2005
Changes The 2005 update includes the latest discoveries of double neutron star binaries, including the double-pulsar system J0737-3039. The impact of this binary on the merger rate of these systems is discussed, as well as its uses as a laboratory for testing general relativity in the strong field regime.
Other notable discoveries featured in the article are 28 new pulsars in the globular cluster Terzan 5.
The number of references has increased from 274 to 347.
Date accepted 28 November 2005, published 29 November 2005
Changes Correction of a few typos in Table 1. For detailed description see here .
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2008-8
Title Binary and Millisecond Pulsars
Author Duncan R. Lorimer
Date accepted 14 October 2008, published 4 November 2008
Changes Significantly updated and revised 2005 version. Sections 2 and 4 have been extended by new subsections. 59 references have been added.
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