Optical photometry of the PSR B0656+14 and its neighborhood

A. B. Koptsevich, G. G. Pavlov, S. V. Zharikov, V. V. Sokolov, Yu A. Shibanov, V. G. Kurt

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We present the results of broad-band photometry of the nearby middle-aged radio pulsar PSR B0656+14 and its neighborhood obtained with the 6-meter telescope of the SAO RAS and with the Hubble Space Telescope. The broad-band spectral flux Fv of the pulsar decreases with increasing frequency in the near-IR range and increases with frequency in the near-UV range. The increase towards UV can be naturally interpreted as the Rayleigh-Jeans tail of the soft thermal component of the X-ray spectrum emitted from the surface of the cooling neutron star. Continuation of the power-law component, which dominates in the high-energy tail of the X-ray spectrum, to the IR-optical-UV frequencies is consistent with the observed fluxes. This suggests that the non-thermal pulsar radiation may be of the same origin in a broad frequency range from IR to hard X-rays. We also studied 4 objects detected within 5″ from the pulsar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1016
Number of pages13
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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