Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations

Kuniyoshi M, Verbiest J, Lee KJ, Adebahr B, Kramer M, Noutsos A (2015)
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453(1): 828-836.

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Measurements of pulsar flux densities are of great importance for understanding the pulsar emission mechanism and for predictions of pulsar survey yields and the pulsar population at large. Typically these flux densities are determined from phase-averaged 'pulse profiles', but this method has limited applicability at low frequencies because the observed pulses can easily be spread out by interstellar effects like scattering or dispersion, leading to a non-pulsed continuum component that is necessarily ignored in this type of analysis. In particular for the class of the millisecond pulsars (MSPs) at frequencies below 200 MHz, such interstellar effects can seriously compromise detectability and measured flux densities. In this paper, we investigate MSP spectra based on a complementary approach, namely through investigation of archival continuum imaging data. Even though these images lose sensitivity to pulsars since the on-pulse emission is averaged with off-pulse noise, they are insensitive to effects from scattering and provide a reliable way to determine the flux density and spectral indices of MSPs based on both pulsed and unpulsed components. Using the 74 MHz VLSSr as well as the 325 MHz WENSS and 1.4 GHz NVSS catalogues, we investigate the imaging flux densities of MSPs and evaluate the likelihood of spectral turn-overs in this population. We determine three new MSP spectral indices and identify six new MSPs with likely spectral turn-overs.
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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Kuniyoshi M, Verbiest J, Lee KJ, Adebahr B, Kramer M, Noutsos A. Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 2015;453(1):828-836.
Kuniyoshi, M., Verbiest, J., Lee, K. J., Adebahr, B., Kramer, M., & Noutsos, A. (2015). Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 453(1), 828-836. doi:10.1093/mnras/stv1604
Kuniyoshi, M., Verbiest, J., Lee, K. J., Adebahr, B., Kramer, M., and Noutsos, A. (2015). Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453, 828-836.
Kuniyoshi, M., et al., 2015. Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 453(1), p 828-836.
M. Kuniyoshi, et al., “Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 453, 2015, pp. 828-836.
Kuniyoshi, M., Verbiest, J., Lee, K.J., Adebahr, B., Kramer, M., Noutsos, A.: Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 453, 828-836 (2015).
Kuniyoshi, M., Verbiest, Joris, Lee, K. J., Adebahr, B., Kramer, M., and Noutsos, A. “Low-frequency spectral turn-overs in millisecond pulsars studied from imaging observations”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453.1 (2015): 828-836.