We present first results of global VLBI astrometric pulsar parallax and proper motion measurements (phase-reference). The aim is to obtain information on pulsar motions and pulsar birthplaces. Proper motions could provide answers to questions like: How large are pulsar velocities at birth? How are these velocities produced and what is the final galactic pulsar distribution? Identification of birthplaces (with, \eg, an OB-association) provides information on the pulsar progenitor population (the fraction of pulsars born in binaries; the mass range of the progenitors etc.). We have a first epoch on three pulsars, selected on the basis of age (young < 3 Myr), flux density (relatively strong) and presence in the solar neighborhood (d < 3 kpc). Gating increases the SNR by typically a factor of 5.
IAU Colloq. 164: Radio Emission from Galactic and Extragalactic Compact Sources
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