BATSE Pulsar Studies

Compton Gamma Ray Observatory
April 5, 1991 - June 4, 2000
It served well all who used it

The full-sky viewing of BATSE enabled the nearly continuous observation of all pulsars brighter than about 15 mCrab. Most of the known accretion - powered x-ray pulsars have periods in 1 - 1000 seconds, so the 1.024 s samples BATSE continually returned in the telemetry were used to measure the current state of previously known sources, and search for new ones. By detecting the pulse arrival time (which can usually be done to an accuracy of a few percent of the pulse period), we measured the orbit of the neutron star around the companion, and the rotation period of the neutron star. Histories for some sources over most the mission are available here

Overview Hunting for new pulsars BATSE Pulsar Team - Who We Are

Publications Pulse profiles
BATSE Pulsar Monitor External Links XTE/BATSE Accreting Pulsars Table

Transient Outburst Summary

The plot at right summarizes all outbursts of transient pulsed sources seen by BATSE since launch of the CGRO (using optimal analysis techniques and longer observation intervals than 1 day where necessary, not directly obtained from standard daily Monitor).

Transient Outbursts
(last updated Apr 30,1999)

Individual Sources
We search for transient emission from sources listed below. Source frequency and intensity histories,pulse profiles,etc. for sources we have detected are marked by a . If long-term frequency histories are available, they are marked by a . Sources marked have been detected, but histories are not presently available online. Search parameters are shown for these and undetected sources):

RX J0059-713 4U0115+634 V 0332+53 GRO J1750-27
Cen X-3 1E 1048-593 1E 2259+586 4U 1626-67
2S 1553-542 GS 0834-430 LMC X-4 2S 1417-624
GRO J1948+32 OAO 1657-415 EXO 2030+375 GRO J1008-57
A0535+262 GX 1+4 GRO J2058+42 Vela X-1
4U 1145-619 1E1145-614 GS 1843+00 GX 301-2
Her X-1 GRO J1744-28 Cep X-4 (GS 2138+56) GRO J1944+26(XTE J1946+274)
XTE J0111.2-7317 4U 0728-25 A1118-615 GPS 1722-363
4U 1907+097 4U 1538-52 X Perseus XTE J1858+034
XTE J1859+083 XTE J1543-568

What's active now We began on Feb. 1,1997 public distribution of the reports of times of source detection for a set of candidate sources we search for on a daily basis using 1s time resolution data. The purpose is to inform observers at all wavelengths of the current pulse period and approximate source intensity for sources above the detection threshold of about 15 mCrab. The reports will normally be posted twice weekly.

Authors:BATSE Pulsar Team
Responsible Manager: Frank Six
Web Curator: Robert B. Wilson