Pulsars and their nebulae as EGRET sources

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Abstract

At the end of the EGRET mission, only 6-8 Galactic sources had been identified as young pulsars. Since then, several energetic pulsars have been detected in EGRET error boxes along the Galactic plane, as well as several pulsar wind nebulae from which pulsations have not yet been discovered. Some of these nebulae are associated with moderately variable EGRET sources, suggesting that the γ-ray emission might be coming from the nebula rather than from the pulsar magnetosphere. There is also a population of unidentified EGRET sources at mid-Galactic latitudes which have been proposed to be either nearby middle-aged pulsars or millisecond pulsars. I review the current status of observational studies of pulsars associated with EGRET sources and what they suggest the upcoming AGILE and GLAST γ-ray missions might observe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1142-1147
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2005

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Keywords

  • γ-Ray sources
  • EGRET
  • Pulsar wind nebulae
  • Pulsars

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 35, No. 6, 19.07.2005, p. 1142-1147.

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