ORBITAL ECCENTRICITY OF BINARY RADIO PULSARS IN GLOBULAR CLUSTERS AND THE INTERACTION BETWEEN STARS
We analyze the observed distribution of the orbital eccentricity and period of binary radio pulsars in globular clusters using computational tools to simulate binary-single star interactions. Globular clusters have different groups of pulsars arising from separate interaction scenarios. Intermediate eccentricities of cluster pulsars can be mostly accounted by fly-bys although locally lower stellar densities at pulsar positions may alter the situation. Very high eccentricities are likely to be
... sults of exchanges and/or mergers of single stars with the binary companion of the pulsar.