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Published September 1994 | Published
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Binary and Millisecond Pulsars


Most of the ~600 known pulsars are single and located in the disk of our Galaxy. There is circumstantial evidence that the pulsars in this majority are created in supernova (SN) explosions, by the collapse of the cores of massive stars (initial mass M_i ≳ M_(cr) ≃ 8 M_⊙). One is created roughly every 100 y in the Galaxy.

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© 1994 by Annual Reviews Inc. ESP was partly supported by NASA Astrophysics Theory grant NAGW-2394 and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SRK's work was supported by NASA, NSF, and the Packard Foundation.

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