• V. Balasubramanian

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    • Short-term intrinsic-intensity variations of pulsars

      S. Krishnamohan V. Balasubramanian

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      Pulsars show intensity variations over timescales ranging from a few microseconds to a few years. Short-term intensity variations,i.e. those having timescales of a few minutes to a few hours had been difficult to study as their timescales are similar to those due to interstellar scintillations. We present here a method to separate the autocorrelation function of the short-term broadband intensity variations from that of the interstellar scintillations and thus overcome the above difficulty. The method assumes that the intrinsic variations are correlated over a bandwidth much larger than the decorrelation bandwidth for scintillations. Hence the ratio of the power in the variations due to the two causes depends on the bandwidth used. By applying the method to the intensity variations of 24 pulsars, we show that the presence of short-term intrinsic variations is very common in the radiation of pulsars. Quasi-periodicities were detected in the intensity variations of many pulsars, but their origin is not clear.

    • Interstellar scintillation measurements of pulsars at 326.5 MHz

      V. Balasubramanian S. Krishnamohan

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      We have measured the decorrelation frequency (fv) and decorrelation time (tv) for 15 pulsars. We show by combining our data with those of others thatfv∫ DM-1.79±0.14 andtv∫ DM-0.80±0.15 up to a dispersion measure (DM) of about 60 cm3 pc. The combined data set does not form a complete sample, but the relations obtained from our measurements on 14 pulsars, which form almost a complete sample up to 41 cm3 pc, are consistent with the above relations, suggesting that these relations are not seriously affected by selection effects. The relations are broadly in agreement with those expected from a homogeneous interstellar medium and are in disagreement with earlier conclusions by others that these relations steepen even for low-DM pulsars. The agreement suggests that the local interstellar medium is homogeneous at least up to a distance of about 2 kpc.

    • Flux monitoring at 327 MHz during SL9-Jupiter collision

      Rakesh K. Malik Pradeep Gothoskar P. K. Manohran G. Swarup K. Subramanian V. Balasubramanian

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      Jupiter flux at 327 MHz was monitored using the Ooty radio telescope from July 12th to July 29th during the collision of comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 with Jupiter. Flux was found to increase steadily from July 17th to July 26th by ∼ 2–5 Jy, after which it declined to its pre-event value. The comparison of 327 MHz observations with those at 840 MHz and 2240 MHz indicates that the enhancement was mainly due to the increased synchrotron emission and the contribution of thermal emission was very small at metric-decimetric frequencies. The enhancement in radio emission was found to be more at 840 MHz than at 327 or 2240 MHz. The steepening of the spectrum between 327 and 840 MHz as well as between 2240 and 840 MHz was also noted.

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