Time-resolved optical observations of PSR 1509-58

A. Shearer, C. M.M. O' Sullivan, A. Golden, P. V.R. Garcia, M. Redfern, A. Danks, M. Cullum

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Using time resolved 2-dimensional aperture photometry we have established that the optical candidate for PSR 1509-58 does not pulse. Our pulsed upper limits (mV = 24.3 and mB = 25.7) put severe constraints on this being the optical counterpart. Furthermore the colours of the candidate star are consistent with a main sequence star at a distance of 2-4 kpc. The probability of a chance coincidence with a normal star and the difficulty of explaining the lack of pulsed emission leads us to conclude that this object is an intermediate field star.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)l-16l18
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Pulsars: individual: PSR 1509-58

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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