AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 74 Stellar Leftovers
Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[74.13] The Compact Central Object in the Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant

M. A. Teter, G. G. Pavlov (Penn State University), S. Tsuruta, A. Liebmann (Montana State University)

The X-ray compact central object (CCO) in the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant was discovered by the Chandra X-ray observatory during its first light observation on August 20, 1999. Since then, Chandra has observed the Cas A CCO many times. We have analyzed the spectral and timing properties of the CCO in the Chandra data. The spectrum is predominantly thermal, though there is some hint on a non-thermal component. The CCO does not show any signs of temporal changes during the four and a half years of Chandra observations. We present the results of our investigation and the current understanding of the nature of this object.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: teter@astro.psu.edu

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