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The birth properties of Galactic millisecond radio pulsars

Ferrario, Lilia; Wickramasinghe, Dayal


We model the population characteristics of the sample of millisecond pulsars (MSPs) within a distance of 1.5 kpc. We find that for a braking index n = 3, the birth magnetic field distribution of the neutron stars as they switch on as radio-emitting MSPs can be represented by a Gaussian in the logarithm with mean log B(G) = 8.1 and σlogB = 0.4 and their birth spin period by a Gaussian with mean P0 = 4 ms and σP0 = 1.3 ms. We assume no field decay during the lifetime of MSPs. Our study, which...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.11365.x


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