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Volume 483, Number 1, May III 2008
Page(s) 13 - 14
Section Astrophysical processes
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20079211
Published online 04 March 2008

A&A 483, 13-14 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20079211

Correlation of the scattering and dispersion events in the Crab Nebula pulsar

A. Kuzmin1, B. Ya. Losovsky1, C. A. Jordan2, and F. G. Smith2

1  Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory of Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia
2  University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK
    e-mail: fgs@jb.man.ac.uk

(Received 7 December 2007 / Accepted 23 February 2008)

In separate series of observations of the Crab pulsar, pulse broadening due to scattering was measured at 111 MHz, and variations of dispersion due to pulse delay were measured at higher radio frequencies. In a remarkable event lasting 200 days a large increase occurred in both parameters and with similar time signatures. The increases in scattering and dispersion measure observed over the 200 days MJD 53 950-54 150 are attributable to the effects of an ionised cloud or filament crossing the line of sight. The cloud would be 1011-1012 m across, with electron density 103-104 cm-3. The increased scattering might originate within the cloud itself, or the moving filament might induce turbulence in a separate higher density cloud in the line of sight.

Key words: pulsars: general -- pulsars: individual: Crab -- ISM: supernova remnants

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