What if PSR J1910-5959A is an observable self-lensing binary?

Man Ho CHAN, Chak Man LEE

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In a binary, when the orbital plane of the companion star is almost edge on along the line-of-sight direction, this would produce an observable self-gravitational lensing effect, which would slightly increase the overall optical intensity of the binary. However, the probability of getting one observable self-lensing binary (SLB) is very low. There are only five observed SLBs so far and all of them are eclipsing binaries. In this article, we theoretically show that the neutron star-white dwarf (WD) binary PSR J1910-5959A could be an observable noneclipsing SLB. It might be the first binary showing both periodic optical amplification and Shapiro time delay of radio signals, which is useful to verify our understanding about gravitational lensing in relativistic binaries. Moreover, we show that the observed peak amplification limit of the PSR J1910-5959A can help constrain the radius of the WD, which is a crucial parameter to examine the mass-radius and temperature-radius relationship for helium WDs. Copyright © 2024 American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044049
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


Chan, M. H., & Lee, C. M. (2024). What if PSR J1910-5959A is an observable self-lensing binary? Physical Review D, 109, Article 044049. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.109.044049


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