We report on an extensive statistical study of single radio pulsar properties, which we undertook to estimate the decay timescale of pulsar magnetic fields. We synthesized a population of pulsars using assumed theoretical distributions of age, initial magnetic field, period of rotation, position, luminosity, and dispersion measure, taking into account the new distance model for pulsars as well as new velocity estimates. We also took into account the selection effects that characterize pulsar observations. We compared the simulated population with the observed single pulsar population using one- and two-dimensional Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests to obtain a lower bound of âˆ¼160 Myr on the decay timescale. Â© 1997. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Soma Mukherjee, et. al., (1997) Magnetic field decay in single radio pulsars: A statistical study.Astrophysical Journal489:2928. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1086/304798