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Gamma Ray Pulsars: Multiwavelength Observations

By D J Thompson

Abstract

High-energy gamma rays are a valuable tool for studying particle acceleration and radiation in the magnetospheres of energetic pulsars. The seven or more pulsars seen by instruments on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO) show that: the light curves usually have double-peak structures (suggesting a broad cone of emission); gamma rays are frequently the dominant component of the radiated power; and all the spectra show evidence of a high-energy turnover. For all the known gamma-ray pulsars, multiwavelength observations and theoretical models based on such observations offer the prospect of gaining a broad understanding of these rotating neutron stars. The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), now in planning for a launch in 2007, will provide a major advance in sensitivity, energy range, and sky coverage

Topics: Astrophysics and Astronomy
Publisher: 'Springer Science and Business Media LLC'
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-1-4020-2256-2_7
OAI identifier: oai:cds.cern.ch:691258
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