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Pulsar Demography and Neutron Star Astrophysics

Kulkarni, S. R. (1992) Pulsar Demography and Neutron Star Astrophysics. Philosophical Transactions: Physical Sciences and Engineering, 341 (1660). pp. 77-92. ISSN 0962-8428.

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Pulsars, in particular, millisecond and binary pulsars offer new and unique tests of physics. The explosive birth of neutron stars and coalescence of binary neutron stars are prime targets for planned gravitational wave interferometers. All these applications require a thorough understanding of the statistics of pulsars to reliably estimate detection frequencies and thresholds. There are many aspects of the origin and evolution of neutron stars that benefit from an appreciation of pulsar phenomenology and statistics. Theoretical understanding of the magnetic field evolution of neutron stars is, at the present, poor. Statistical studies continue to play an important role in guiding us empirically in this area. The shortest spin period of a neutron star directly constrains the equation of state of dense matter. The limitations of current millisecond pulsar searches in this regard is thoroughly reviewed. The prospects and problems of searchers for pulsars with periods below a millisecond are reviewed.

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Additional Information:© 1992 The Royal Society. I am grateful to the following members of the Caltech pulsar group for reading an earlier version of this draft and their constructive criticisms: W. Deich, J. Navarro and S. Thorsett. I thank R. Blandford and R. Narayan for comments and criticisms and E. S. Phinney for discussion. I thank Dave Green for a careful reading of the manuscript and hospitality during the final stages of the preparation of the typescript. This work has been supported by grants from NSF, NASA, the Perkin Fund and the Packard Foundation.
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Official Citation:Pulsar Demography and Neutron Star Astrophysics S. R. Kulkarni Philosophical Transactions: Physical Sciences and Engineering Vol. 341, No. 1660, Pulsars as Physics Laboratories (Oct. 15, 1992) , pp. 77-92 Published by: The Royal Society Stable URL:
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