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Year-scale Morphological Variation of the X-ray Crab Nebula

  • Koji Mori (a1), David N. Burrows (a1), George G. Pavlov (a1), J. Jeff Hester (a2), Shinpei Shibata (a3) and Hiroshi Tsunemi (a4)...

Abstract

We present year-scale morphological variations of the Crab Nebula revealed by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Observations have been performed about every 1.7 years over the three years from launch. The variations are clearly recognized at two sites: the torus and the southern jet. The torus, which had been steadily expanding until 1.7 years ago, now appears to have shrunk in the latest observation. Additionally, the circular structures seen to the northeast of the torus have decayed into several arcs. On the other hand, the southern jet shows the growth of its overall kinked-structure. We discuss the nature of these variations in terms of the pulsar wind nebula mechanism.

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Year-scale Morphological Variation of the X-ray Crab Nebula

  • Koji Mori (a1), David N. Burrows (a1), George G. Pavlov (a1), J. Jeff Hester (a2), Shinpei Shibata (a3) and Hiroshi Tsunemi (a4)...

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