A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 067075
Title X-rays from a dying pulsar


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-iemj8g0
Author Dr George Pavlov
Description PSR J0108-1431 is a 170 Myr old, very faint radio pulsar at a distance of 240 pc, among the nearest neutron stars to Earth. Thanks to its proximity, PSR J0108-1431 offers a unique opportunity to study X-ray emission from a very old, almost dead pulsar. A short Chandra observation has shown that it is much brighter in X-rays than one could expect for such an old pulsar with a very low spindown power. However, the number of detected counts was too small to definitively characterize its spectrum, and the time resolution too low to detect pulsations. The proposed study of the X-ray spectrum and pulsations of PSR J0108-1431 will provide first definitive results on the X-ray properties of very old pulsars and test the pulsar evolution models.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2011-06-15T04:26:57Z/2011-06-16T17:44:13Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2012-07-13T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2012-07-13T00:00:00Z, 067075, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-iemj8g0