PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 319 - 5th Annual Conference on High Energy Astrophysics in Southern Africa (HEASA2017) - Wednesday, 4 October: Session e: Pulsars I
Assessment of a statistical approach towards constraining pulsar geometry via multiband light curve fitting
T. Bezuidenhout*, C. Venter, A. Seyffert and A.K. Harding
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Pre-published on: September 28, 2018
Published on: November 08, 2018
The Large Area Telescope aboard the Fermi spacecraft has detected more than 200 $\gamma$-ray pulsars
since its launch in 2008. By concurrently fitting standard geometric model light curves onto Fermi
and radio data, researchers have constrained the inclination and observer angles of a number of
pulsars. At first this was done by comparing observed and modelled light curves by eye, and later
via statistical approaches. We fit modelled light curves of 16 pulsars to radio and $\gamma$-ray data by
optimising a custom test statistic that we have developed for combining light curves across the
two wavebands, taking their disparate errors into account. We present geometrical constraints
found using this process, and compare them with results found by eye or using other statistical
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.319.0018
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