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This activity asks students to analyze both the x-ray light curve from a pulsar in the crab nebula and the Fourier Transform of the light curve.  From this  students must find the period of the light intensity, determine the period of rotation of the object, and realize the object is a neutron star.
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Astronomy
- Stars
= Neutron Stars and White Dwarfs
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- Lower Undergraduate
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Keywords:
explosion, lab, light curve, magnetic fields, neutron star, period of luminosity, project, pulsar, supernova, x-ray
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created January 20, 2004 by Patricia Monahan
Record Updated:
January 9, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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December 16, 2002
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AIP Format
(Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, Greenbelt), WWW Document, (http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/xray_pulsar.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
Timing an X-ray Pulsar (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, Greenbelt), <http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/xray_pulsar.html>.
APA Format
Timing an X-ray Pulsar. (2002, December 16). Retrieved July 24, 2014, from Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics: http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/xray_pulsar.html
Chicago Format
Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. Timing an X-ray Pulsar. Greenbelt: Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, December 16, 2002. http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/xray_pulsar.html (accessed 24 July 2014).
MLA Format
Timing an X-ray Pulsar. Greenbelt: Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. 16 Dec. 2002. 24 July 2014 <http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/xray_pulsar.html>.
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