Radius and distance estimates of the isolated neutron stars Geminga and PSR B0656+14 using optical photometry

A. Golden, A. Shearer

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Abstract

Integrated ground-based and HST optical studies of isolated neutron stars have provided important independent datasets in the determination of emission activity, particularly in the fitting of anticipated Rayleigh-Jeans extrapolations from EUV/soft X-ray datasets, despite their intrinsic faintness. Differentiation of the pulsed and unpulsed fluxes and consequently of the nonthermal and thermal modes of emission could provide definitive data with which to constrain this blackbody continuum. Based upon high speed photometric observations of Geminga and PSR B0656+14 in the B band, we have combined upper limits of unpulsed emission with recently published model-fits with a view to assessing possible implications for the R/d parameter. For Geminga, with a known distance of ∼ 160pc, we find that R ≤ 9.5 km for a ∼ blackbody source, and R ≤ 10.0 km with the presence of a magnetized H atmosphere. In addition, we suggest that PSR B0656+14 is some ∼4-5 times closer than the 760 pc estimated from DM measurements alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume342
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Stars: pulsars: individual: Geminga, PSR B0656+14

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