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Astron. Astrophys. 321, 305-310 (1997)

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High accuracy measurements of the interstellar magnetic field in the direction of pulsars with a new method

T.V. Smirnova 1 and V. Boriakoff 2, 3

1 Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaia ul. 84/32, 117810 Moscow, Russia
2 National Research Council, Washington DC, USA
3 Geophysics Directorate, GPSG, Phillips Lab, Hanscom AFB, MA, 01731, USA (boriakof@amenra.plh.af.mil)

Received 22 July 1996 / Accepted 19 September 1996


Low error measurements at the Arecibo Observatory (at 318MHz) of the weighted average interstellar magnetic field projected on the line of sight [FORMULA] and of the Rotation Measure in the direction of several pulsars were done using a new method. This method is based on the measurement of the period of the temporal modulation in the linearly polarized component of the pulsar pulse observed in a wide receiver bandpass. The error in the measurement of [FORMULA] and RM is about one order of magnitude smaller than previously published measurements. Because of its high accuracy this method will continue to be used for the monitoring of the interstellar magnetic field in the directions to pulsars.

Key words: ISM: magnetic field – pulsars: general – Methods: observational – polarization – Instrumentation: polarimeters

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Online publication: June 30, 1998