X-Ray and Optical Properties of Black Widows and Redbacks

Mallory Roberts, Hind Al Noori, Rodrigo A. Torres, Maura A. McLaughlin, Peter A. Gentile, Jason W.T. Hessels, Scott M. Ransom, Paul S. Ray, Matthew Kerr, Rene P. Breton

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Abstract

Black widows and redbacks are binary systems consisting of a millisecond pulsar in a close binary with a companion having matter driven off of its surface by the pulsar wind. X-rays due to an intrabinary shock have been observed from many of these systems, as well as orbital variations in the optical emission from the companion due to heating and tidal distortion. We have been systematically studying these systems in radio, optical and X-rays. Here we will present an overview of X-ray and optical studies of these systems, including new XMM-Newton and NuStar data obtained from several of them, along with new optical photometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume13
Issue numberS337
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • binaries: eclipsing
  • pulsars: general
  • pulsars: individual (PSR J2129-0429)

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Roberts, M., Al Noori, H., Torres, R. A., McLaughlin, M. A., Gentile, P. A., Hessels, J. W. T., ... Breton, R. P. (2017). X-Ray and Optical Properties of Black Widows and Redbacks. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 13(S337), 43-46. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921318000480

X-Ray and Optical Properties of Black Widows and Redbacks. / Roberts, Mallory; Al Noori, Hind; Torres, Rodrigo A.; McLaughlin, Maura A.; Gentile, Peter A.; Hessels, Jason W.T.; Ransom, Scott M.; Ray, Paul S.; Kerr, Matthew; Breton, Rene P.

In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Vol. 13, No. S337, 01.09.2017, p. 43-46.

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Roberts, M, Al Noori, H, Torres, RA, McLaughlin, MA, Gentile, PA, Hessels, JWT, Ransom, SM, Ray, PS, Kerr, M & Breton, RP 2017, 'X-Ray and Optical Properties of Black Widows and Redbacks', Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, vol. 13, no. S337, pp. 43-46. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921318000480
Roberts, Mallory ; Al Noori, Hind ; Torres, Rodrigo A. ; McLaughlin, Maura A. ; Gentile, Peter A. ; Hessels, Jason W.T. ; Ransom, Scott M. ; Ray, Paul S. ; Kerr, Matthew ; Breton, Rene P. / X-Ray and Optical Properties of Black Widows and Redbacks. In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 2017 ; Vol. 13, No. S337. pp. 43-46.
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