BVRI observations of PSR B0656+14 with the 6-meter telescope

V. G. Kurt, V. V. Sokolov, S. V. Zharikov, G. G. Pavlov, B. V. Komberg

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We observed the middle-aged radio pulsar B0656+14 with a CCD detector at the 6-m telescope. Broadband BVRI images show the following magnitudes of the pulsar counterpart: B = 24.85(+0.19,-0.16), V = 24.90(+0.16,-0.14), R = 24.52(+0.12,-0.11), I = 23.81(+0.27,-0.21). We fitted the UV-optical (space + ground-based) data with a two-component model which combines a power law (non-thermal component) with a thermal spectrum emitted by the neutron star surface. The power law component, with the energy power-law index α = 1.5(+1.1,-1-2), dominates in the observed range. Constraints on the thermal component correspond to the RayleighJeans parameter G = T6(R10/d500)2 = 4.1(+2.1,-4.1), where T = 106T6 K is the brightness temperature, R∞ = 10R10 km is the neutron star radius as seen by a distant observer, and d = 500d500 pc is the distance. The shape of the optical-UV spectrum of PSR B0656+14 differs considerably from those observed from other pulsars: the middle-aged Geminga and young Crab, Vela.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-556
Number of pages10
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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