Proc. IAU volume 13, issue S337, P191-194 2017 DOI: 10.1017/s174392131700998x View full text
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Andrew Shearer, Eoin O’ Connor

Abstract: AbstractDespite the early optical detection of the Crab pulsar in 1969, optical pulsars have become the poor cousin of the neutron star family. Only five normal pulsars have been observed to pulse in the optical waveband. A further three magnetars/SGRs have been detected in the optical/near IR. Optical pulsars are intrinsically faint with a first order luminosity, predicted by Pacini, to be proportional to P−10, where P is the pulsar’s period. Consequently they require both large telescopes, generally over-sub…

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