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Fermi-LAT observations of the Geminga pulsar
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2010 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 720, no 1, 272-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report on the Fermi-LAT observations of the Geminga pulsar, the second brightest non-variable GeV source in the gamma-ray sky and the first example of a radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar. The observations cover one year, from the launch of the Fermi satellite through 2009 June 15. A data sample of over 60,000 photons enabled us to build a timing solution based solely on gamma-rays. Timing analysis shows two prominent peaks, separated by Delta phi = 0.497 +/- 0.004 in phase, which narrow with increasing energy. Pulsed gamma-rays are observed beyond 18 GeV, precluding emission below 2.7 stellar radii because of magnetic absorption. The phase-averaged spectrum was fitted with a power law with exponential cutoff of spectral index Gamma = (1.30 +/- 0.01 +/- 0.04), cutoff energy E-0 = (2.46 +/- 0.04 +/- 0.17) GeV, and an integral photon flux above 0.1 GeV of (4.14 +/- 0.02 +/- 0.32) x 10(-6) cm(-2) s(-1). The first uncertainties are statistical and the second ones are systematic. The phase-resolved spectroscopy shows a clear evolution of the spectral parameters, with the spectral index reaching a minimum value just before the leading peak and the cutoff energy having maxima around the peaks. The phase-resolved spectroscopy reveals that pulsar emission is present at all rotational phases. The spectral shape, broad pulse profile, and maximum photon energy favor the outer magnetospheric emission scenarios.

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2010. Vol. 720, no 1, 272-283 p.
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gamma rays: stars, pulsars: general, pulsars: individual (PSR J0633+1746, Geminga)
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-26711DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/720/1/272ISI: 000281596000025ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78149242219OAI: diva2:372698
QC 20101126Available from: 2010-11-26 Created: 2010-11-26 Last updated: 2010-11-26Bibliographically approved

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