Discovery of Pulsed \gamma-Rays from the Young Radio Pulsar PSR J1028–5819 with the Fermi Large Area Telescope
Abdo, A. A. AA ; Ackermann, M. ; Atwood, W. B. ;
Apr - 2009
ISSN : 0004-637X ;
journal : The Astrophysical Journal

Issue : 1
type: Article Journal

Radio pulsar PSR J10285819 was recently discovered in a high-frequency search (at 3.1 GHz) in the error circle of the Energetic Gamma-Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET) source 3EG J10275817. The spin-down power of this young pulsar is great enough to make it very likely the counterpart for the EGRET source. We report here the discovery of ³-ray pulsations from PSR J10285819 in early observations by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope. The ³-ray light curve shows two sharp peaks having phase separation of 0.460 ± 0.004, trailing the very narrow radio pulse by 0.200 ± 0.003 in phase, very similar to that of other known ³-ray pulsars. The measured ³-ray flux gives an efficiency for the pulsar of <10-20\% (for outer magnetosphere beam models). No evidence of a surrounding pulsar wind nebula is seen in the current Fermi data but limits on associated emission are weak because the source lies in a crowded region with high background emission. However, the improved angular resolution afforded by the LAT enables the disentanglement of the previous COS-B and EGRET source detections into at least two distinct sources, one of which is now identified as PSR J10285819.

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