Phase-coherent timing of PSR J1811-1925: The pulsar at the heart of G11.2-0.3

F. P. Gavriil, V. M. Kaspi, M. S.E. Roberts

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The X-ray Pulsar PSR J1811-1925 in the historic supernova remnant G11.2-0.3 has a characteristic age over 10 times the age of the remnant. This likely implies that its current spin period, 65 ms, is close to its birth spin period. Alternatively, the pulsar may have an unusually high braking index. We report here on regular Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer/Proportional Counting Array (RXTE/PCA) timing observations of the pulsar that were designed to measure its braking index. We provide a preliminary phase-coherent timing solution which includes a significant ν̈. The braking index we measure is ≫3, likely a result of conventional timing noise. We also report on a preliminary analysis of the pulsar's hard spectrum: we determine a photon index of Γ = 1.78 ± 0.74, for the pulsed component of the spectrum, consistent within the uncertainties with previous ASCA and Chandra observations. The pulsed emission of PSR J1811-1925 is seen beyond 30 keV, and the pulsations remain sinusoidal up to and beyond this energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-596
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004


  • G11.2-0.3
  • PSR J1811-1925
  • Phase-coherent timing
  • Pulsar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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