A&A 425, 1009-1012 (2004)
On the z-distribution of pulsarsT. G. Mdzinarishvili1 and G. I. Melikidze2, 1
1 Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, Al.Kazbegi ave. 2a, Tbilisi 0160, Georgia
2 Institute of Astronomy, University of Zielona Góra, Lubuska 2, 65-265, Zielona Góra, Poland
(Received 26 September 2003 / Accepted 28 May 2004 )
The z-distribution of pulsars in the vicinity of the Sun is investigated using data from the ATNF pulsar catalogue and the recent model for the Galactic distribution of free electrons (NE2001). It is found that the z-distribution of pulsars with L>10 mJy kpc 2 is exponential with a characteristic scale height of about 350 pc. Evidence of pulsar oscillations in the direction perpendicular to the Galactic plane is presented.
Key words: Galaxy: stellar content -- stars: neutron -- stars: pulsars: general
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