AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 53 Pulsars and Other Neutron Stars
Poster, Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[53.06] A Search for the Pulsar Engines Powering Pulsar Wind Nebulae

J. P. Carlo, E. V. Gotthelf (Columbia University)

We are undertaking a search for new pulsars powering known PWNe using the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). We report on the latest results from 100 ks observations of Crab-like SNRs MSH 11-62, CTB 87, MSH 15-56, G189.2+2.9 and G327.1-1.1 being carried out over the course of AO8. These deep observations coupled with RXTE's unique characteristics allow us to make a positive detection of pulsed emission from even weak sources, or otherwise yield meaningful constraints on their characteristics. New discoveries of young pulsars in their birth environs provide great opportunities for increasing our understanding of NS/SNR associations and for determining the natal distribution of pulsar magnetic fields and spin periods.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jcarlo@phys.columbia.edu

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