GAMMA-RAY EMISSION from PSR J0007+7303 USING SEVEN YEARS of FERMI LARGE AREA TELESCOPE OBSERVATIONS

Jian Li, Diego F. Torres, Emma De Oña Wilhelmi, Nanda Rea, Jonatan Martin

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    Abstract

    © 2016. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Based on more than seven years of Fermi Large Area Telescope Pass 8 data, we report on a detailed analysis of the bright gamma-ray pulsar (PSR) J0007+7303. We confirm that PSR J0007+7303 is significantly detected as a point source also during the off-peak phases with a test statistic value of 262 (∼16σ). In the description of the off-peak spectrum of PSR J0007+7303, a power law with an exponential cutoff at 2.7 ±1.2 ±1.3 GeV (the first/second uncertainties correspond to statistical/systematic errors) is preferred over a single power law at a level of 3.5σ. The possible existence of a cutoff hints at a magnetospheric origin of the emission. In addition, no extended gamma-ray emission is detected that is compatible with either the supernova remnant (CTA 1) or the very high-energy (>100 GeV) pulsar wind nebula. A flux upper limit of 6.5 ×10-12 erg cm-2 s-1 in the energy range 10-300 GeV is reported, for an extended source assuming the morphology of the VERITAS detection. During on-peak phases, a sub-exponential cutoff is significantly preferred (∼11σ) for representing the spectral energy distribution, in both the phase-averaged and phase-resolved spectra. Three glitches are detected during the observation period and we found no flux variability at the time of the glitches or in the long-term behavior. We also report the discovery of a previously unknown gamma-ray source in the vicinity of PSR J0007+7303, Fermi J0020+7328, which we associate with the z = 1.781 quasar S5 0016+73. A concurrent analysis of this source is needed to correctly characterize the behavior of CTA 1 and it is also presented in the paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number19
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Volume831
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • gamma rays: stars
    • pulsars: individual (PSR J0007+7303, S5 0016+73)
    • supernovae: individual (G119.5+10.2)

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