8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 8 Pulsars and Magnetars
Poster, Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[8.09] A near-IR VLT survey of the N49 region around SGR0526-66

D.H. Hartmann (Clemson), S Klose (TLS), A. Henden (USNO), U. Geppert (AIP), J. Greiner (MPE), H. Guetter (TLS), C. Kouveliotou (NSSTC), C. Luginbuhl (USNO), B. Stecklum (TLS), F. Vrba (USNO)

We present VLT-ISAAC near-IR images of the N49 region in the LMC. This supernova remnant also contains the soft gamma-ray repeater SGR 0526-66. We discuss the possible association of this magnetar with a nearby star cluster. A SGR-cluster association has now been found for three SGRs, and we discuss the implications of this link for evolutionary scenarios of SGRs, AXPs, and normal pulsars.

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

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