[1206.4722] Detection of pulsar beams deflected by the black hole in Sgr A*: effects of black hole spin

Authors: Sourabh Nampalliwar, Richard H. Price, Teviet Creighton, Fredrick A. Jenet

Date: 20 Jun 2012

Abstract: Some Galactic models predict a significant population of radio pulsars close to the our galactic center. Beams from these pulsars could get strongly deflected by the supermassive black hole (SMBH) believed to reside at the galactic center and reach the Earth. Earlier work assuming a Schwarzschild SMBH gave marginal chances of observing this exotic phenomenon with current telescopes and good chances with future telescopes. Here we calculate the odds of observability for a rotating SMBH. We find that the estimates of observation are not affected by the SMBH spin, but a pulsar timing analysis of deflected pulses might be able to provide an estimate of the spin of the central black hole.

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