Searching for small-scale diffuse emission around SGR 1806-20

D. Viganò, N. Rea, P. Esposito, S. Mereghetti, G. L. Israel, A. Tiengo, R. Turolla, S. Zane, L. Stella

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    © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Diffuse radio emission was detected around the soft gamma-ray repeater SGR 1806-20 after its 2004 powerful giant flare. We study the possible extended X-ray emission at small scales around SGR 1806-20, in two observations by the High Resolution Camera Spectrometer (HRC-S) on board of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: in 2005, 115 days after the giant flare, and in 2013, during quiescence. We compare the radial profiles extracted from data images and PSF simulations, carefully considering various issues related to the uncertain calibration of the HRC PSF at sub-arcsecond scales. We do not see statistically significant excesses pointing to an extended emission on scales of arcseconds. As a consequence, SGR 1806-20 is compatible with being point-like in X-rays, months after the giant flare, as well as in quiescence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-46
    JournalJournal of High Energy Astrophysics
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


    • Pulsar, individual, SGR1806-20
    • Stars, magnetars
    • Stars, magnetic fields
    • X-rays, stars


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