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Studies of neutron stars at optical/IR wavelengths

  • R. P. MignaniEmail author
  • S. Bagnulo
  • A. De Luca
  • G. L. Israel
  • G. Lo Curto
  • C. Motch
  • R. Perna
  • N. Rea
  • R. Turolla
  • S. Zane
Conference paper

Abstract

In the last years, optical studies of Isolated Neutron Stars (INSs) have expanded from the more classical rotation-powered ones to other categories, like the Anomalous X-ray Pulsars (AXPs) and the Soft Gamma-ray Repeaters (SGRs), which make up the class of the magnetars, the radio-quiet INSs with X-ray thermal emission and, more recently, the enigmatic Compact Central Objects (CCOs) in supernova remnants. Apart from 10 rotation-powered pulsars, so far optical/IR counterparts have been found for 5 magnetars and for 4 INSs. In this work we present some of the latest observational results obtained from optical/IR observations of different types of INSs.

Keywords

Neutron stars Optical Infrared 

PACS

97.60.Gb 97.60.Jd 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Mignani
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Bagnulo
    • 2
  • A. De Luca
    • 3
  • G. L. Israel
    • 4
  • G. Lo Curto
    • 2
  • C. Motch
    • 5
  • R. Perna
    • 6
  • N. Rea
    • 7
  • R. Turolla
    • 8
  • S. Zane
    • 1
  1. 1.MSSL-UCLDorkingUK
  2. 2.ESOSantiagoChile
  3. 3.INAF-IASFMilanItaly
  4. 4.INAF-OARMonte PorzioItaly
  5. 5.OASStrasbourgFrance
  6. 6.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  7. 7.SRONUtrechtThe Netherlands
  8. 8.Universitá di PadovaPadovaItaly

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