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millisecond pulsar

(MSP)
(pulsar spinning with a period in the range of milliseconds)

A millisecond pulsar (MSP) is a pulsar with a rotation period of around 1-10 milliseconds. They are often detected using radio waves, X-rays or gamma rays. In addition to the interest in the pulsars themselves, they are useful as extremely accurate clocks at considerable distance, in particular, for pulsar timing arrays.

A pulsar that is not an MSP is sometimes referred to as a canonical pulsar (CP).


(pulsars,object type,rotation,period)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millisecond_pulsar

Referenced by pages:
Fermi (FGST)
J1713-0747
magnetar
NANOGrav
Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA)
pulsar timing array (PTA)
pulsar wind nebula (PWN)
rotation period

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