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Title: Radio Detection of the FERMI-LAT Blind Search Millisecond Pulsar J1311–3430

In this article, we report the detection of radio emission from PSR J1311–3430, the first millisecond pulsar (MSP) discovered in a blind search of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) gamma-ray data. We detected radio pulsations at 2 GHz, visible for <10% of ~4.5 hr of observations using the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Observations at 5 GHz with the GBT and at several lower frequencies with Parkes, Nançay, and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope resulted in non-detections. We also report the faint detection of a steep spectrum continuum radio source (0.1 mJy at 5 GHz) in interferometric imaging observations with the Jansky Very Large Array. These detections demonstrate that PSR J1311–3430 is not radio quiet and provide additional evidence that radio-quiet MSPs are rare. The radio dispersion measure of 37.8 pc cm –3 provides a distance estimate of 1.4 kpc for the system, yielding a gamma-ray efficiency of 30%, typical of LAT-detected MSPs. Lastly, we see apparent excess delay in the radio pulses as the pulsar appears from eclipse and we speculate on possible mechanisms for the non-detections of the pulse at other orbital phases and observing frequencies.
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Astrophysical Journal Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 763; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-8205
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Contributing Orgs:
Fermi-LAT Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; pulsars: individual (PSR J1311−3430)
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