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Journal Articles The Astrophysical journal letters Year : 2009

Discovery of New Gamma-Ray Pulsars with AGILE

A. Chen
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F. D’ammando
M. Fiorini
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T. Froysland
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M. Galli
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P. Lipari
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T. Mineo
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F. Perotti
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G. Piano
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M. Prest
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M. Rapisarda
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V. Vittorini
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D. Zanello
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Using gamma-ray data collected by the Astro-rivelatore Gamma ad Immagini LEggero (AGILE) satellite over a period of almost one year (from 2007 July to 2008 June), we searched for pulsed signals from 35 potentially interesting radio pulsars, ordered according to F_{γ}∝ √{\dot{E}} d^{-2} and for which contemporary or recent radio data were available. AGILE detected three new top-ranking nearby and Vela-like pulsars with good confidence both through timing and spatial analysis. Among the newcomers we find pulsars with very high rotational energy losses, such as the remarkable PSR B1509 - 58 with a magnetic field in excess of 1013 Gauss, and PSR J2229 + 6114 providing a reliable identification for the previously unidentified EGRET source 3EG 2227 + 6122. Moreover, the powerful millisecond pulsar B1821 - 24, in the globular cluster M28, is detected during a fraction of the observations. Four other promising gamma-ray pulsar candidates, among which is the notable J2043 + 2740 with an age in excess of 1 million years, show a possible detection in the timing analysis only and deserve confirmation.
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insu-02882253 , version 1 (18-08-2020)



A. Pellizzoni, M. Pilia, A. Possenti, A. Chen, A. Giuliani, et al.. Discovery of New Gamma-Ray Pulsars with AGILE. The Astrophysical journal letters, 2009, 695 (1), pp.L115-L119. ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/695/1/L115⟩. ⟨insu-02882253⟩
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