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A decade of transitional millisecond pulsars

  • Amruta Jaodand (a1) (a2), Jason W. T. Hessels (a1) (a2) and Anne Archibald (a2)

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Transitional millisecond pulsars (tMSPs), which are systems that harbor a pulsar in the throes of the recycling process, have emerged as a new source class since the discovery of the first such system a decade ago. These systems switch between accretion-powered low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) and rotation-powered radio millisecond pulsar (RMSP) states, and provide exciting avenues to understand the physical processes that spin-up neutron stars to millisecond periods. During the last decade, three tMSPs, as well as a candidate source, have been extensively probed using systematic, multi-wavelength campaigns. Here we review the observational highlights from these campaigns and our general understanding of tMSPs.

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A decade of transitional millisecond pulsars

  • Amruta Jaodand (a1) (a2), Jason W. T. Hessels (a1) (a2) and Anne Archibald (a2)

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