Scientific Uses of Pulsars

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Science  18 Oct 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3851, pp. 352-355
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3851.352-a


The recently discovered celestial sources of pulsed radio energy can be used to test general relativity, to study the solar corona, and to determine the earth's orbit and ephemeris time. The vector positions and transverse velocities of pulsars can be measured with radio interferometers; in combination with pulse-arrival-time data, the distance determination will yield the average interstellar electron density.