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Predictions of inverse Compton radiation from PSR B1259–63

  • J. G. Kirk (a1), Lewis Ball (a2) and O. Skjæraasen (a3)

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Unpulsed high energy (TeV) emission has been detected from several isolated pulsars (Aharonian 1999) and presumably results from relativistic electrons accelerated at the termination shock of an MHD wind driven by the pulsar itself. These electrons inverse Compton scatter target photons from either the cosmic microwave background, or from their own synchrotron radiation.

The rotation-powered binary pulsar PSR B1259–63 (Johnston et al. 1996) is also thought to drive an MHD wind, and the synchrotron radiation of electrons accelerated at its termination shock is probably the source of the unpulsed X-rays seen from this object by ROSAT, OSSE and ASCA (Tavani & Arons 1997). Compared to the isolated pulsars, however, the the pulsar’s Be-star companion provides an energy density of target photons available for inverse Compton scattering which is some 11 orders of magnitude larger. Using delta-function approximations to the emissivities and a monochromatic approximation to the spectrum of the target photons, we modelled the observed X-ray synchrotron emission and predicted the TeV emission in a recent paper (Kirk et al. 1999). In this contribution we improve these calculations in two respects – by treating the target spectrum more precisely, as described in the companion paper (Ball & Kirk 1999), and by relaxing the approximations made in the emissivities.

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Aharonian, F.A., 1999, Astroparticle Phys., 11, 225
Ball, L., Kirk, J.G., 1999, these proceedings
Johnston, S., et al., 1996, MNRAS, 279, 1026
Kirk, J.G., Ball, L., Skjæraasen, O., 1999, Astroparticle Phys., 10, 31
Matsubara, Y. 1997 in proceedings of “Towards a Major Atmospheric Cherenkov Detector V”, Kruger National Park, Ed: de Jager, O.C., p. 447
Tavani, M., Arons, J., 1997, ApJ, 477, 439
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