Vol 20, No 5 (2020) / Yao

FAST interstellar scintillation observation of PSR B1929+10 and PSR B1842+14

Ju-Mei Yao, Wei-Wei Zhu, Pei Wang, Di Li, Ji-Guang Lu, Fei-Fei Kou, Ye-Zhao Yu, Bo Peng, FAST Collaboration

Abstract

In this paper, we present the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) observations of PSRs B1929+10 and B1842+14. Through analysis of the pulsars’ scintillation pattern, we detected the known scintillation arc from PSR B1929+10 and two previously undetected scintillation arcs from B1842+14. We find that the B1929+10 arc’s curvature scales with observing frequency as η∝ν−2.1±0.1 and η+∝ν−1.8±0.2, consistent with Arecibo results and the theoretical expectations of η∝ν−2. From the arc curvature, we infer the scattering screen to be located at 0.20±0.02 kpc from the Earth, close to what was measured by RadioAstron at 324 MHz. From B1842+14, we find two scintillation arcs for the first time. The arcs’ curvatures imply that they are caused by two scattering screens located at a distance of 0.3±0.2 kpc and 1.6±0.6 kpc from the Earth, respectively. The screen distance uncertainties mainly come from the uncertainty in pulsar’s dispersion measure (DM)-derived distance. We present these FAST scintillation observations and discuss the future prospect of FAST pulsar scintillation study.

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FAST interstellar scintillation observation of PSR B1929+10 and PSR B1842+14

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674–4527/20/5/76

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