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1998A&A...331..821Z - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 331, 821-828 (1998/3-3)

The neutron star in the supernova remnant PKS 1209-52.


Abstract (from CDS):

We re-analyzed X-ray data collected with the ROSAT and ASCA observatories on a candidate neutron star (NS) near the center of the supernova remnant PKS 1209-52. We fitted the observed spectra with NS atmosphere models. The hydrogen atmosphere fits yield more realistic parameters of the NS and the intervening hydrogen column than the traditional blackbody fit. In particular, for a NS of mass 1.4M and radius 10km, we obtained a NS surface temperature Teff=(1.4-1.9)x106K and distance d=1.6-3.3kpc versus T=(4.2-4.6)x106K and implausibly large d=11-13kpc for the blackbody fit, at a 90% confidence level. Our fits suggest that the surface magnetic field is either very weak, B≲1010G, or it exceeds ≃2x1012G. The hydrogen column density inferred from the atmosphere fits, nH=(0.7-2.2)x1021cm–2, agrees fairly well with independent estimates obtained from UV observations of nearby stars, radio data, and X-ray spectrum of the shell of the supernova remnant, whereas the blackbody and power-law fits give considerably lower and greater values, nH=(0.2-0.4)x1021 and (5.2-7.0)x1021cm–2, respectively. The NS surface temperature inferred from the atmosphere fits is consistent with standard NS cooling models.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: neutron - supernovae: individual: PKS 1209-52 - X-rays: stars - radiation mechanisms: thermal

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