Pulsars everywhere! A galactic EGRET source retrospective

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Abstract

At the end of the EGRET mission, the only firmly identified sources of GeV emission in our Galaxy were a handful of young pulsars and a solar flare. With the recent launch of AGILE and the imminent launch of GLAST, the sources that EGRET saw will again be studied in γ-rays. We review the multiwavelength observations of the error boxes of Galactic EGRET sources to see what types of sources this new generation of γ-ray telescopes will be studying. I note that most, if not all, of the sources seem to be related to pulsars. Several are probably radio pulsars not known during the time of EGRET. Others are radio-quiet pulsars like Geminga. Still others are probably the product of a pulsar wind interacting with a dense environment. The rest seem to be coincident with things associated with the birth of pulsars i.e. supernova remnants, molecular clouds, and massive star associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40 Years Of Pulsars
Subtitle of host publicationMillisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
Pages621-623
Number of pages3
Volume983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 20 2008
Event40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 12 2007Aug 17 2007

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Other40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/12/078/17/07

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Keywords

  • EGRET
  • Gamma-ray
  • GLAST
  • Pulsar
  • Pulsar wind nebula
  • Supernova remnant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Roberts, M. (2008). Pulsars everywhere! A galactic EGRET source retrospective. In 40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More (Vol. 983, pp. 621-623) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2900313