Volume 515, June 2010
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||04 June 2010|
Giant pulses from the Crab pulsar
A wide-band study
Sterrenkunde Instituut Anton Pannenkoek,
University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, Amsterdam, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Stichting ASTRON, Postbus 2, 7990 AA, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
3 Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK e-mail: Ben.Stappers@manchester.ac.uk
4 Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 7 February 2010
The Crab pulsar is well-known for its anomalous giant radio pulse emission. Past studies have concentrated only on the very bright pulses or were insensitive to the faint end of the giant pulse luminosity distribution. With our new instrumentation offering a large bandwidth and high time resolution combined with the narrow radio beam of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), we seek to probe the weak giant pulse emission regime. The WSRT was used in a phased array mode, resolving a large fraction of the Crab nebula. The resulting pulsar signal was recorded using the PuMa II pulsar backend and then coherently dedispersed and searched for giant pulse emission. After careful flux calibration, the data were analysed to study the giant pulse properties. The analysis includes the distributions of the measured pulse widths, intensities, energies, and scattering times. The weak giant pulses are shown to form a separate part of the intensity distribution. The large number of giant pulses detected were used to analyse scattering and scintillation in giant pulses. We report for the first time the detection of giant pulse emission at both the main- and interpulse phases within a single rotation period. The rate of detection is consistent with the appearance of pulses at either pulse phase as being independent. These pulse pairs were used to examine the scintillation timescales within a single pulse period.
Key words: pulsars: individual: Crab pulsar
© ESO, 2010
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