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Living Reviews in Relativity

, 11:8

First Online: 04 November 2008Accepted: 14 October 2008


We review the main properties, demographics and applications of binary and millisecond radio pulsars. Our knowledge of these exciting objects has greatly increased in recent years, mainly due to successful surveys which have brought the known pulsar population to over 1800. There are now 83 binary and millisecond pulsars associated with the disk of our Galaxy, and a further 140 pulsars in 26 of the Galactic globular clusters. Recent highlights include the discovery of the young relativistic binary system PSR J1906+0746, a rejuvination in globular cluster pulsar research including growing numbers of pulsars with masses in excess of 1.5 M⊙, a precise measurement of relativistic spin precession in the double pulsar system and a Galactic millisecond pulsar in an eccentric e = 0.44 orbit around an unevolved companion.

Electronic Supplementary MaterialSupplementary material is available for this article at 10.12942-lrr-2008-8.

This article is a revised version of10.12942-lrr-2005-7.

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Author: Duncan R. Lorimer


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