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Type: Journal article
Title: High-energy gamma-ray observations of two young, energetic radio pulsars
Author: Kaspi, Victoria M.
Lackey, Jessica R.
Mattox, John
Manchester, Richard N.
Bailes, Matthew
Pace, Russell
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 2000; 528 (1):445-453
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0004-637X
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Kaspi, Victoria M.; Lackey, Jessica R.; Mattox, John; Manchester, Richard N.; Bailes, Matthew and Pace, R.
Abstract: We present results of Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory EGRET observations of the unidentified high-energy gamma-ray sources 2EG J1049-5847 (GEV J1047-5840, 3EG J1048-5840) and 2EG J1103-6106 (3EG J1102-6103). These sources are spatially coincident with the young, energetic radio pulsars PSRs B1046-58 and J1105-6107, respectively. We find evidence for an association between PSR B1046-58 and 2EG J1049-5847. The gamma-ray pulse profile, obtained by folding time-tagged photons having energies above 400 MeV using contemporaneous radio ephemerides, has probability of arising by chance of 1.2E-4 according to the binning-independent H-test. A spatial analysis of the on-pulse photons reveals a point source of equivalent significance 10.2 sigma. Off-pulse, the significance drops to 5.8 sigma. Archival ASCA data show that the only hard X-ray point source in the 95% confidence error box of the gamma-ray source is spatially coincident with the pulsar within the 1' uncertainty (Pivovaroff, Kaspi & Gotthelf 1999). The double peaked gamma-ray pulse morphology and leading radio pulse are similar to those seen for other gamma-ray pulsars and are well-explained in models in which the gamma-ray emission is produced in charge-depleted gaps in the outer magnetosphere. The inferred pulsed gamma-ray flux above 400 MeV, (2.5 +/- 0.6) x 10E-10 erg/cm^2/s, represents 0.011 +/- 0.003 of the pulsar's spin-down luminosity, for a distance of 3 kpc and 1 sr beaming. For PSR J1105-6107, light curves obtained by folding EGRET photons using contemporaneous radio ephemerides show no significant features. We conclude that this pulsar converts less than 0.014 of its spin-down luminosity into E > 100 MeV gamma-rays beaming in our direction (99% confidence), assuming a distance of 7 kpc, 1 sr beaming and a duty cycle of 0.5.
Description: © 2000 The American Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1086/308144
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