Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We are undertaking a high-frequency survey of the Galactic plane for radio pulsars, using the 13-element multibeam receiver on the 64-m Parkes radio telescope. We describe briefly the survey system and some of the initial results. PSR J1811−1736, one of the first pulsars discovered with this system, has a rotation period of 104 ms. Subsequent timing observations using the 76-m radio telescope at Jodrell Bank show that it is in an 18.8-d, highly eccentric binary orbit. We have measured the rate of advance of periastron which indicates a total system mass of 2.6±0.9 M⊙, and the minimum companion mass is about 0.7 M⊙. This, the high orbital eccentricity and the recycled nature of the pulsar suggest that this system is composed of two neutron stars, only the fourth or fifth such system known in the disc of the Galaxy.
"The Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey: PSR J1811-1736, a Pulsar in a Highly Eccentric Binary System" A. G. Lyne, F. Camilo, R. N. Manchester, J. F. Bell, V. M. Kaspi, N. D'Amico, N. P. F. McKay, F. Crawford, D. J. Morris, D. C. Sheppard, & I. H. Stairs, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 312, 698 (2000).