Journal of the Korean Physical Society

, Volume 65, Issue 6, pp 876–878 | Cite as

The Double Pulsar PSR J0737-3039



The Double Pulsar (PSR J0737-3039) consists of two active radio pulsars (labeled as A and B) that are bound in a slightly eccentric, tight orbit. This is one of the best astrophysical laboratories to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. All five post-Keplerian parameters are measured independently for the A and the B pulsars, and they are consistent with predictions from general relativity. The Double Pulsar is also useful for understanding the formation and the coalescence of double-neutron-star systems. We summarize the properties of the Double Pulsar and discuss their implications for testing general relativity and for detecting gravitational waves.


Pulsars Binary Gravitational Waves Ratio Observations 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. [1]
    L. Blanchet and G. Schaefer, Annales de l’I. H. P., section A, tome 50, no 4, p. 377 (1989).ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. [2]
    L. Blanchet, Living Rev. Relativity 17, no. 2 (2014) Scholar
  3. [3]
    G. M. Harry et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration), Classical & Quantum Grav. 27, 084006 (2010).MathSciNetCrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  4. [4]
    J. Degallaix, et al. (Virgo Collaboration) in G. Auger, P. Binetruy and E. Plagnol, eds, 9th LISA Symposium Vol. 467 of Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Advanced Virgo Status, 151 (2013).Google Scholar
  5. [5]
    J. Abadie et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo collaboration), Class. and Quantum Grav. 27, 173001 (2010).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  6. [6]
    ATNF pulsar catalogue: Scholar
  7. [7]
    R. O’Shaughnessy and C. Kim, Astrophys. J. 715, 230 (2010).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  8. [8]
    M. Bagchi, D. R. Lorimer, & S. Wolfe, Mon. Noc. Roy. Astron. Soc. 432, 1303 (2013).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  9. [9]
    D. R. Lorimer, Living Rev. Relativity 11, no. 8 (2008) Scholar
  10. [10]
    M. Burgay et al., Nature 426, 531 (2003).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  11. [11]
    A. G. Lyne et al., Science 303, 1153 (2004).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  12. [12]
    B. B. P. Perera, D. Lomiashvili, K. N. Gourgouliatos, M. A. McLaughlin and M. Lyutikov, Astrophys. J. 750, 130 (2012).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  13. [13]
    B. B. P. Perera et al., Astrophys. J. 721, 1193 (2010).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  14. [14]
    R. D. Ferdman et al., Astrophys. J. 767, 85 (2013).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  15. [15]
    M. Kramer and I. H. Stairs, Ann. Rev. Astron. and Astrophys. 46, 541 (2008).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  16. [16]
    I. H. Stairs, Living Rev. Relativity 6, no. 5 (2003) Scholar
  17. [17]
    N. Wex, to appear in the Brumberg Festschrift, edited by S. M. Kopeikein and to be published by de Gruyter, Berlin (2014) [].Google Scholar
  18. [18]
    R. A. Hulse and J. H. Taylor, Astrophys. J. 195, L51 (1975).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  19. [19]
    J. M. Weisberg, D. J. Nice and J. H. Taylor, Astrophys. J. 722, 1030 (2010).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  20. [20]
    A. Wolszczan, Nature 350, 688 (1991).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  21. [21]
    M. A. McLaughlin, Private communication (2012).Google Scholar
  22. [22]
    M. Kramer et al., Science 314, 97 (2006).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  23. [23]
    B. Bertotti, L. Iess and P. Tortora, Nature 425, 374 (2003).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  24. [24]
    J. G. Williams, S. G. Turyshev and D. H. Boggs, Class. & Quantum Grav. 29, 18400 (2012).Google Scholar
  25. [25]
    V. Kalogera et al., Astrophys. J. 601, L179 (2004). [Erratum: Astrophys. J. 614, L137 (2014).]CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  26. [26]
    B. B. P. Perera, C. Kim, M. A. McLaughlin, R. D. Ferdman, M. Kramer, I. H. Stairs, P. C. C. Freire and A. Possenti, Mon. Noc. Roy. Astron. Soc. 787, 51 (2014).ADSGoogle Scholar
  27. [27]
    C. Kim, B. B. P. Perera and M. A. McLaughlin, submitted to Mon. Noc. Roy. Astron. Soc. Scholar
  28. [28]
    W. Kastaun, F. Galeazzi, D. Alic, L. Rezzolla and J. A. Font, Phys. Review D 88, 021501 (2013).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  29. [29]
    A. L. Piro, Astrophys. J. 755, 80 (2012).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Korean Physical Society 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomy Program, Department of Physics and AstronomySeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea

Personalised recommendations