On the aberration-retardation effects in pulsars

Krzeszowski, K. ; Mitra, D. ; Gupta, Y. ; Kijak, J. ; Gil, J. ; Acharyya, A. (2009) On the aberration-retardation effects in pulsars Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 393 (4). pp. 1617-1624. ISSN 0035-8711

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The magnetospheric locations of pulsar radio emission region are not well known. The actual form of the so-called radius-to-frequency mapping should be reflected in the aberration-retardation (A/R) effects that shift and/or delay the photons depending on the emission height in the magnetosphere. Recent studies suggest that in a handful of pulsars the A/R effect can be discerned with respect to the peak of the central core emission region. To verify these effects in an ensemble of pulsars, we launched a project analysing multifrequency total intensity pulsar profiles obtained from the new observations from the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT), Arecibo Observatory (AO) and archival European Pulsar Network (EPN) data. For all these profiles, we measure the shift of the outer cone components with respect to the core component, which is necessary for establishing the A/R effect. Within our sample of 23 pulsars, seven show the A/R effects, 12 of them (doubtful cases) show a tendency towards this effect, while the remaining four are obvious counterexamples. The counterexamples and doubtful cases may arise from uncertainties in the determination of the location of the meridional plane and/or the core emission component. Hence, it appears that the A/R effects are likely to operate in most pulsars from our sample. We conclude that in cases where those effects are present the core emission has to originate below the conal emission region.

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Keywords:Radiation Mechanism: Non-thermal-methods: Data Analysis; Stars: Neutron; Pulsars: General
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