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Non-thermal X-ray emission from three pulsars

Date: 21 November 2018
Satellite: XMM-Newton
Copyright: Adapted from J. Li et al. (2018)

Observed X-ray and gamma-ray emission from three pulsars: J1747-2958 (left), J2021+3651 (centre), and J1826-1256 (right).

The X-ray pulsed emission was discovered using a theoretical model that predicts a pulsar's non-thermal X-ray brightness on the basis of its observed gamma-ray brightness. The gamma-ray observations are from NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope; the X-ray observations are from NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory (left and centre) and ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory (right).

The red curve in the graphs represents the best fit of the model describing the overall emission of the sources compared to the observed data (black symbols). In the upper row, the fit was performed using only the gamma-ray data: the value in the X-ray energy range represents the theoretical prediction, which is pretty close to what was later revealed in the observations. In the lower row, the fit includes the X-ray data as well, providing a more accurate description of the phenomenon using the same model.

Last Update: 21 November 2018

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