The 1997 event in the Crab pulsar revisited

Authors

  • F. Graham Smith,

    1. Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, The Alan Turing Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
    Search for more papers by this author
  • A. G. Lyne,

    1. Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, The Alan Turing Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
    Search for more papers by this author
  • C. Jordan

    Corresponding author
    1. Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, The Alan Turing Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
      E-mail: chris.jordan@manchester.ac.uk
    Search for more papers by this author

E-mail: chris.jordan@manchester.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

A complex event observed in the radio pulses from the Crab pulsar in 1997 included echoes, a dispersive delay and large changes in intensity. It is shown that these phenomena were due to refraction at the edge of a plasma cloud in the outer region of the Crab nebula. Several similar events have been observed, although in less detail. It is suggested that the plasma cloud is in the form of filaments with diameter around 3 × 1011 m and electron density of the order of 104 cm−3.

Ancillary