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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 145, 243-254

Pulsars in the Westerbork Northern Sky Survey

M.L.A. Kouwenhoven

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Received March 29; accepted May 10, 2000


I have searched the Westerbork Northern Sky Survey (WENSS) source list for detections of known radio pulsars. A source with a flux density greater than five times the local noise level is found near the positions of 25 pulsars. The probability that one out of these 25 sources is a chance coincidence is about 10%. I have looked at the WENSS maps of the non-detected pulsars. A flux density between three and five times the local noise level is found near the positions of 14 of these non-detected pulsars. There is a 50 percent probability that (at least) one of these marginal detections is just a noise fluctuation. Fourteen radio pulsars, which according to earlier flux measurements have flux densities above three times the WENSS noise level, are not detected. Of the 39 pulsars detected in the WENSS 19 are also detected in the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS). By combining the WENSS and NVSS flux densities for these 19 pulsars spectral indices are obtained that differ by up to 50%  from the long term averaged values reported in the literature. This affects the reliability of pulsar candidates that are selected on the basis of their WENSS-NVSS spectral index.

Key words: pulsars: general -- surveys -- radio continuum: stars -- scattering

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