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1998A&A...332L..37M - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 332, L37-40 (1998/4-3)

HST/FOC observations confirm the presence of a spectral feature in the optical spectrum of Geminga.


Abstract (from CDS):

New optical and near-UV HST observations of Geminga are presented. When compared with previous ground-based and HST imaging, the data confirm and better define the presence of an emission feature centered at ∼6,000Å and superimposed on the thermal continuum best fitting the extreme-UV/soft X-ray data. This feature may be interpreted in terms of cyclotron emission originated from a mixture of H/He ions in the neutron star's atmosphere. In the case of pure Hydrogen, the feature wavelength would imply a magnetic field of order 3-5x1011G, consistent with the value deduced from the dynamical parameters of the pulsar. If due to cyclotron emission, the observation of this feature would represent the first case of an in situ measurement of the surface magnetic field of an isolated neutron star.

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Journal keyword(s): optical, pulsar Geminga

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