Magnetar nebulae can be rotationally powered

DIego F. Torres

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    Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2018. A wind nebula generating extended X-ray emission was recently detected surrounding Swift 1834.9-0846. This is the first magnetar for which such a (pulsar) wind nebula (PWN) was found. I demonstrate that Swift 1834.9-0846's nebula can be rotationally-powered if it is being compressed by the environment. The physical reason behind this is the dominance of adiabatic heating over all other cooling and escape processes. This effect can happen only for pulsars of relatively low spin-down power and can make for very efficient nebulae. This contribution is based on previous work published in ApJ 835, article id. 54, 13 pp. (2017).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-258
    JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
    Issue numberS337
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


    • pulsars: individual: Swift J1834.9-0846
    • pulsars: magnetars
    • pulsars: nebulae


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