Volume 402, Number 1, April IV 2003
|Page(s)||321 - 329|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||07 April 2003|
Unusual subpulse modulation in PSR B0320+39
Astronomical Institute “Anton Pannekoek”, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Stichting ASTRON, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
3 Astronomical Institute, Utrecht University, Postbus 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: R. T. Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 February 2003
We report on an analysis of the drifting subpulses of PSR B0320+39 that indicates a sudden step of ~180 degrees in subpulse phase near the centre of the pulse profile. The phase step, in combination with the attenuation of the periodic subpulse modulation at pulse longitudes near the step, suggests that the patterns arise from the addition of two superposed components of nearly opposite drift phase and differing longitudinal dependence. We argue that since there cannot be physical overlap of spark patterns on the polar cap, the drift components must be associated with a kind of “multiple imaging” of a single polar cap “carousel” spark pattern. One possibility is that the two components correspond to refracted rays originating from opposite sides of the polar cap. A second option associates the components with emission from two altitudes in the magnetosphere.
Key words: magnetic fields / plasmas / pulsars: individual: PSR B0320+39 / waves
© ESO, 2003
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