Results of precise measurements of the periods of pulsars discovered in the central regions of globular clusters are shown to be approaching the capabilities of testing the existence of a central black hole. For example, in the case of M 15 the available data on two pulsars PSR 2129+1210A and PSR 2129+1209D seem to exclude the existence of a black hole, the presence of which was instead supported by recent Hubble Space Telescope data on surface brightness profile (Yanny et al. 1994AJ....107.1745Y). The fluctuations of the gravitational field caused by the stars of the system are enough to explain the acceleration observed for both pulsars. In the case of the Galactic center, additional data are needed for similar definite conclusions.

Pulsars tracing the black hole in globular clusters

DE PAOLIS, Francesco;INGROSSO, Gabriele
1996

Abstract

Results of precise measurements of the periods of pulsars discovered in the central regions of globular clusters are shown to be approaching the capabilities of testing the existence of a central black hole. For example, in the case of M 15 the available data on two pulsars PSR 2129+1210A and PSR 2129+1209D seem to exclude the existence of a black hole, the presence of which was instead supported by recent Hubble Space Telescope data on surface brightness profile (Yanny et al. 1994AJ....107.1745Y). The fluctuations of the gravitational field caused by the stars of the system are enough to explain the acceleration observed for both pulsars. In the case of the Galactic center, additional data are needed for similar definite conclusions.
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