AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 83 Neutron Stars and Pulsars
Oral, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, California

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[83.01] Chandra X-ray Detection of the High-Magnetic-Field Radio Pulsar PSR J1718-3718

V. M. Kaspi (McGill University), M. A. McLaughlin (Jodrell Bank Observatory)

We report on the serendipitous X-ray detection, using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, of the radio pulsar PSR J1718-3718. This pulsar has one of the highest inferred surface dipole magnetic fields in the radio pulsar population (B = 7.4 x 1013 G), higher than that inferred for one well-known Anomalous X-ray Pulsar (AXP). The X-ray emission for PSR J1718-3718 appears point-like and has a purely thermal spectrum, with kT = 0.145+0.053-0.020 keV and absorbed 0.5--2 keV flux of (6.3-6.9)x10-15 erg s-1 cm-2. We show that the pulsar's 2--10~keV luminosity is several orders of magnitude smaller than those of the non-transient AXPs, and consistent with the predictions of standard models for initial cooling. The number of high-magnetic-field radio pulsars observed at X-ray energies now stands at five. All are X-ray faint, suggesting that either there is a significant physical distinction between high-magnetic-field radio pulsars and AXPs, or that high-magnetic-field radio pulsars are, in fact, quiescent AXPs.

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