A strong upper limit on the pulsed radio luminosity of the compact object 1RXS J141256.0+792204

J. W.T. Hessels, B. W. Stappers, R. E. Rutledge, D. B. Fox, A. H. Shevchuk

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Context.The ROSAT X-ray source 1RXS J141256.0+792204has recently been identified as a likely compact object whose properties suggest it could be a very nearby radio millisecond pulsar at pc.Aims.We investigated this hypothesis by searching for radio pulsations using the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope.Methods.We observed 1RXS J141256.0+792204at 385 and 1380 MHz, recording at high time and frequency resolution in order to maintain sensitivity to millisecond pulsations. These data were searched both for dispersed single pulses and using Fourier techniques sensitive to constant and orbitally modulated periodicities.Results.No radio pulsations were detected in these observations, resulting in pulsed radio luminosity limits of 0.3 (/250 pc) mJy kpc and 0.03 (/250 pc) mJy kpc at 400 and 1400 MHz respectively.Conclusions.The lack of detectable radio pulsations from 1RXS J141256.0+792204 brings into question its identification as a nearby radio pulsar, though, because the pulsar could be beamed away from us, this hypothesis cannot be strictly ruled out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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