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The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Discovers the Pulsar in the Young Galactic Supernova Remnant CTA 1
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2008 (English)In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 322, no 5905, p. 1218-1221Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Energetic young pulsars and expanding blast waves [ supernova remnants (SNRs)] are the most visible remains after massive stars, ending their lives, explode in core-collapse supernovae. The Fermi Gamma- Ray Space Telescope has unveiled a radio quiet pulsar located near the center of the compact synchrotron nebula inside the supernova remnant CTA 1. The pulsar, discovered through its gamma- ray pulsations, has a period of 316.86 milliseconds and a period derivative of 3.614 x 10(-13) seconds per second. Its characteristic age of 10(4) years is comparable to that estimated for the SNR. We speculate that most unidentified Galactic gamma- ray sources associated with star- forming regions and SNRs are such young pulsars.

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2008. Vol. 322, no 5905, p. 1218-1221
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2834DOI: 10.1126/science.1165572ISI: 000261033400033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2834DiVA, id: diva2:299588
Available from: 2010-02-23 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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