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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 308, Issue 1–4, pp 309–316 | Cite as

RETRACTED ARTICLE: X-ray observations of PSR B0355+54 and its pulsar wind nebula

  • Katherine E. McGowanEmail author
  • W. Thomas Vestrand
  • Jamie A. Kennea
  • Silvia Zane
  • Mark Cropper
  • France A. Córdova
Original Article

Abstract

We present X-ray data of the middle-aged radio pulsar PSR B0355+54. The XMM-Newton and Chandra observations show not only emission from the pulsar itself, but also compact diffuse emission extending ∼50″ in the opposite direction to the pulsar’s proper motion. Our analysis also indicates the presence of fainter diffuse emission extending ∼5′ from the point source. The morphology of the diffuse component is similar to the ram-pressure confined pulsar wind nebulae detected for other sources. We find that the compact diffuse component is well-fitted with a power-law, with an index that is consistent with the values found for other pulsar wind nebulae. The core emission from the pulsar can be characterized with a thermal plus power-law fit, with the thermal emission most likely originating in a hot polar cap.

Keywords

Pulsars Individual (PSR B0355+54) X-rays 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine E. McGowan
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Thomas Vestrand
    • 2
  • Jamie A. Kennea
    • 3
  • Silvia Zane
    • 4
  • Mark Cropper
    • 4
  • France A. Córdova
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  3. 3.525 Davey LaboratoryPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.Mullard Space Science LaboratoryDorkingUK
  5. 5.Chancellor’s OfficeUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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