Galactic pulsar population: Current understanding and future prospects

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The main objectives of modeling the Galactic pulsar population are (i) to understand underlying properties of various pulsar subclasses, and (ii) to probe physical conditions relevant to the formation and evolution of these objects. A theoretical approach is useful to explore various stellar populations, but introduces large systematic uncertainties in results. An empirical approach is known to be more reliable, but is limited only to known populations. Traditionally, the pulsar population studies focused on isolated, slowly rotating 'normal' pulsars that are the majority of the known pulsars. With improved pulsar search techniques and more sensitive instruments, the known pulsar sample has been greatly expanding, both in quality and quantity, over the past 40 years. The increased number of pulsar sample allows more rigorous statistical analysis on the normal population. Moreover, there are many new populations to be studied, such as relativistic pulsar binaries, millisecond pulsars, or pulsars in globular clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40 Years Of Pulsars
Subtitle of host publicationMillisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2008
Event40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 12 Aug 200717 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
CityMontreal, QC


  • Binaries
  • Evolution
  • Model
  • Neutron stars
  • Pulsars
  • Radio
  • Statstics


Dive into the research topics of 'Galactic pulsar population: Current understanding and future prospects'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this