Pulsars and neutron stars/Key discoveries and the literature

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Key discoveries[edit]

Date Discovery Reference
Nov 28th 1967 First pulsar discovered
1968 Discovery of Crab pulsar
1974 First pulsar in binary system (PSR B1913+16)
1982 Discovery of the first millisecond pulsar (PSR B1937+21)
1992 Discovery of the first extra-Solar planets (around PSR B1257+12)
2003 Discovery of the first double pulsar system

Top cited papers each year[edit]

The following has been obtained from ADS by searching for the word "pulsar" in the abstract for papers in a given year. We list the top two cited papers for each year. Note that it is likely that this "ranking" may change for publications in recent years.

Year Reference Title
2014 Will
Olausen & Kaspi
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
The McGill Magnetar Catalog
2013 Antoniadis et al.
Abdo et al.
A Massive Pulsar in a Compact Relativistic Binary
The Second Fermi Large Area Telescope Catalog of Gamma-Ray Pulsars
2012 Profumo
Abazajian & Kaplinghat
Dissecting cosmic-ray electron-positron data with Occam's razor: the role of known pulsars
Detection of a gamma-ray source in the Galactic Center consistent with extended emission from dark matter annihilation and concentrated astrophysical emission
2011 Uzan
van Haasteren et al.
Varying Constants, Gravitation and Cosmology
Placing limits on the stochastic gravitational-wave background using European Pulsar Timing Array data
2010 Demorest et al.
Abadie et al.
A two-solar-mass neutron star measured using Shapiro delay
TOPICAL REVIEW: Predictions for the rates of compact binary coalescences observable by ground-based gravitational-wave detectors
2009 Abdo et al.
Hooper, Balsi & Dario Serpico
Fermi/Large Area Telescope Bright Gamma-Ray Source List
Pulsars as the sources of high energy cosmic ray positrons
2008 Chang et al.
An excess of cosmic ray electrons at energies of 300-800GeV
The strongest cosmic magnets: soft gamma-ray repeaters and anomalous X-ray pulsars
2007 Lattimer & Prakash
Lorimer et al.
Neutron star observations: Prognosis for equation of state constraints
A Bright Millisecond Radio Burst of Extragalactic Origin
2006 Will
Woosley & Heger
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
The Progenitor Stars of Gamma-Ray Bursts
2005 Manchester et al.
Hobbs et al.
The Australia Telescope National Facility Pulsar Catalogue
A statistical study of 233 pulsar proper motions
2004 Lattimer & Prakash
Lyne et al.
The Physics of Neutron Stars
A Double-Pulsar System: A Rare Laboratory for Relativistic Gravity and Plasma Physics
2003 Burgay et al.
Chakrabarty et al.
An increased estimate of the merger rate of double neutron stars from observations of a highly relativistic system
Nuclear-powered millisecond pulsars and the maximum spin frequency of neutron stars
2002 Cordes & Lazio
Sarangi & Tye
NE2001.I. A New Model for the Galactic Distribution of Free Electrons and its Fluctuations
Cosmic string production towards the end of brane inflation
2001 Manchester et al.
The Parkes multi-beam pulsar survey - I. Observing and data analysis systems, discovery and timing of 100 pulsars
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
2000 van der Klis
Maeder & Meynet
Millisecond Oscillations in X-ray binaries
The evolution of rotating stars
1999 Hartman et al.
Thorsett & Chakrabarty
The Third EGRET Catalog of High-Energy Gamma-Ray Sources
Neutron Star Mass Measurements. I. Radio Pulsars
1998 Kouveliotou et al. An X-ray pulsar with a superstrong magnetic field in the soft γ-ray repeater SGR1806 - 20
1997 Bildsten et al.
Becker & Truemper
Observations of Accreting Pulsars
The X-ray luminosity of rotation-powered neutron stars
1996 Thompson & Duncan
The Soft Gamma Repeaters as Very Strongly Magnetized Neutron Stars. II. Quiescent Neutrino, X-Ray, and Alfven Wave Emission
Gamma-Ray Pulsars: Radiation Processes in the Outer Magnetosphere
1995 Thompson & Duncan
Burrows, Hayes & Fryxell
The soft gamma repeaters as very strongly magnetized neutron stars - I. Radiative mechanism for outbursts
On the Nature of Core-Collapse Supernova Explosions
1994 Lyne & Lorimer
Kaspi, Taylor & Ryba
High birth velocities of radio pulsars
High-precision timing of millisecond pulsars. 3: Long-term monitoring of PSRs B1855+09 and B1937+21
1993 Taylor & Cordes Taylor, Manchester & Lyne ] Pulsar distances and the galactic distribution of free electrons
Catalog of 558 pulsars
1992 Duncan & Thompson
Wolszczan & Frail
Formation of very strongly magnetized neutron stars - Implications for gamma-ray bursts
A planetary system around the millisecond pulsar PSR1257 + 12
1991 Bhattacharya & van den Heuvel
Formation and evolution of binary and millisecond radio pulsars
The rate of neutron star binary mergers in the universe - Minimal predictions for gravity wave detectors
1990 Rickett
Radio propagation through the turbulent interstellar plasma
Magnetically striped relativistic magnetohydrodynamic winds - The Crab Nebula revisited
1989 Eichler et al.
Taylor & Weisberg
Nucleosynthesis, neutrino bursts and gamma-rays from coalescing neutron stars
Further experimental tests of relativistic gravity using the binary pulsar PSR 1913 + 16
1987 Dewey & Cordes
Lyne et al.
Monte Carlo simulations of radio pulsars and their progenitors
The discovery of a millisecond pulsar in the globular cluster M28
1986 Chen, Ho & Ruderman
Chen, Ho & Ruderman
Energetic radiation from rapidly spinning pulsars. I - Outer magnetosphere gaps. II - VELA and Crab
Energetic Radiation from Rapidly Spinning Pulsars. II. VELA and Crab
1985 Example Example
1984 Example Example
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1977 Rickett
Flowers & Ruderman
Interstellar scattering and scintillation of radio waves
Evolution of pulsar magnetic fields
1976 Example Example
1975 Example Example
1974 Rees & Gunn
The origin of the magnetic field and relativistic particles in the Crab Nebula

Structure of the Local Galactic Magnetic Field

1973 Example Example
1972 Example Example
1971 Example Example
1970 Gunn & Ostriker Shklovskii On the Nature of Pulsars. III. Analysis of Observations
Possible Causes of the Secular Increase in Pulsar Periods
1969 Goldreich & Julian
Ostriker & Gunn
Pulsar Electrodynamics
On the Nature of Pulsars. I. Theory
1968 Pacini
Large, Vaughan, Mills
Rotating Neutron Stars, Pulsars and Supernova Remnants
A Pulsar Supernova Association?