Clocks in the Sky

The Story of Pulsars

  • Geoff McNamara

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-3
  2. Pages 15-25
  3. Pages 27-38
  4. Pages 39-53
  5. Pages 67-79
  6. Pages 81-95
  7. Pages 97-108
  8. Pages 109-119
  9. Pages 121-127
  10. Pages 129-136
  11. Pages 137-145
  12. Pages 147-155
  13. Pages 157-164
  14. Pages 175-180
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 181-190

About this book

Introduction

Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars, the collapsed cores of once massive stars that ended their lives as supernova explosions.

In this book, Geoff McNamara explores the history, subsequent discovery and contemporary research into pulsar astronomy. The story of pulsars is brought right up to date with the announcement in 2006 of a new breed of pulsar, Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs), which emit short bursts of radio signals separated by long pauses. These may outnumber conventional radio pulsars by a ratio of four to one. Geoff McNamara ends by pointing out that, despite the enormous success of pulsar research in the second half of the twentieth century, the real discoveries are yet to be made including, perhaps, the detection of the hypothetical pulsar black hole binary system by the proposed Square Kilometre Array - the largest single radio telescope in the world.

Keywords

Clocks McNamara Planet Pulsars astronomy stars

Authors and affiliations

  • Geoff McNamara
    • 1
  1. 1.Evatt ACTAustralia

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