Two young radio pulsars coincident with egret sources

N. D'Amico, V. M. Kaspi, R. N. Manchester, F. Camilo, A. G. Lyne, A. Possenti, I. H. Stairs, M. Kramer, F. Crawford, J. F. Bell, N. P.F. McKay, B. M. Gaensler, M. S.E. Roberts

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We report the discovery and follow-up timing observations of two young energetic radio pulsars. PSR J1420-6048 has a period P = 68 ms and period derivative P = 83 × 10-15, implying a characteristic age τc = 13 kyr and a surface dipole magnetic field strength B = 2.4 × 1012 G. PSR J1837-0604 has P = 96 ms and Ṗ = 45 × 10-15, implying τc = 34 kyr and B = 2.1 × 1012 G. The two objects have large spin-down luminosities, and, on the basis of an empirical comparison of their properties with those of other young radio pulsars, they are expected to be observable as pulsed γ-ray sources. In fact, they lie within the error circles of γ-ray sources detected by the EGRET instrument on the Gamma Ray Observatory. We show that the pulsars are plausibly associated with the EGRET sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L45-L48
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - May 1 2001


  • Pulsars: general
  • Pulsars: individual (PSR J1420-6048-PSR J1837-0604)
  • Stars: neutron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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