Dec 11 – 15, 2023
Tsung-Dao Lee Institute
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Pulsar J1906+0746 at FAST: a unique exploration of radio-pulsar beam maps

Dec 15, 2023, 2:45 PM
Poster Poster


Yuyang Wang (Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam)


PSR J1906+0746 is a young binary pulsar with a spin period of P ∼ 144 ms in a very short 4-hr orbit around another neutron star. It provides a great opportunity to study both the relativistic spin-precession predicted by General Relativity (GR), and the little-understood radio pulsar emission in a single source in a self-consistent way. Discovered with Arecibo in 2004, it showed both a “main pulse” (MP) and “interpulse” (IP), indicating a nearly orthogonal geometry where emission from both magnetic poles is visible. The emission is highly polarised. The unique geodetic precession of this young pulsar can be used to demonstrate the validity of the geometrical model of pulsar polarisation as well as gravity theories. Now, ~60 hours of highly sensitive FAST observations in 2022, 2023 and 2024 will allow us to derive more accurate timing results including spin parameters, Keplerian and Post-Keplerian (PK) parameters, and produce updated emission beam maps. In this poster, we introduce the scientific interests and opportunities of this pulsar system, and present the current status of J1906+0746 timing using FAST data.

Primary author

Yuyang Wang (Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam)


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