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Optical identification of the millisecond pulsar 1937+214

Djorgovski, S. (1982) Optical identification of the millisecond pulsar 1937+214. Nature, 300 (5893). pp. 618-619. ISSN 0028-0836. doi:10.1038/300618a0.

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Backer et al. have reported the discovery of a pulsar with the period of 1.558 ms, identified with the source 1937 + 214 (=4021.53). The extreme rotational velocity and high energy loss rate of this object make it a very interesting astrophysical phenomenum not only as an important clue for the physics of neutron stars and supernova remnants, but also as a potential strong emitter of gravitational radiation (S. White and J. Arons, personal communication). I present here an optical identification candidate for the millisecond pulsar: it is a 20th mag red object, undetectable on the Palomar Sky Survey prints. Finding charts and offsets from nearby stars are given.

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Additional Information:© 1982 Macmillan Journals Ltd. Received 22 November; accepted 29 November 1982. We thank Don Backer for ideas and stimulation, Vicki Lindsay for help in obtaining the data, and many colleagues in Berkeley for stimulating discussions. Lick CCD data taking system and flat fielding program were written by T. Laver and R. Stover. This work was partly supported through a University of California graduate fellowship.
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