Abstract:Mode changing is a phenomenon where a pulsar’s emission abruptly changes between two or more quasi-stable modes. We have discovered mode changing in the Black Widow Pulsar (PSR B1957+20), a first detection of mode changing in a millisecond pulsar. On average, a mode change occurs every 1.7 seconds. Multiple components across the pulse profile participate in the mode changing, indicating that this is likely caused by a global change in the pulsar’s magnetosphere.
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