Pulse-to-pulse intensity modulation and drifting subpulses in recycled pulsars
Astronomical Institute “Anton Pannekoek”, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Stichting ASTRON, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: R. T. Edwards, email@example.com
Accepted: 7 May 2003
We report the detection of pulse-to-pulse periodic intensity modulations, in observations of recycled pulsars. Even though the detection of individual pulses was generally not possible due to their low flux density and short duration, through the accumulation of statistics over sequences of 105–106 pulses we were able to determine the presence and properties of the pulse-to-pulse intensity variations of six pulsars. In most cases we found that the modulation included a weak, broadly quasi-periodic component. For two pulsars the sensitivity was high enough to ascertain that the modulation phase apparently varies systematically across the profile, indicating that the modulation appears as drifting subpulses. We detected brighter than average individual pulses in several pulsars, with energies up to 2–7 times higher than the mean, similar to results from normal pulsars. We were sensitive to giant pulses of a rate of occurrence equal to (and in many instances much lower than) that of PSR B1937+21 at 1400 MHz (~30 times lower than at 430 MHz), but none were detected, indicating that the phenomenon is rare in recycled pulsars.
Key words: pulsars: general
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