Correlation of the scattering and dispersion events in the Crab Nebula pulsar
Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory of Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia
2 University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK e-mail: email@example.com
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 m across, with electron density 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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