Pulsar wind nebulae in the chandra era

O. Kargaltsev, G. G. Pavlov

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Pulsar winds shocked in the ambient medium produce spectacular nebulae observable from the radio through γ-rays. The shape and the spectrum of a pulsar wind nebula (PWN) depend on the angular distribution, magnetization and energy spectrum of the wind streaming from the pulsar magnetosphere, as well as on the pulsar velocity and the properties of the ambient medium. The advent of Chandra, with its unprecedented angular resolution and high sensitivity, has allowed us not only to detect many new PWNe, but also study their spatial and spectral structure and dynamics, which has significantly advanced our understanding of these objects. Here we overview recent observational results on PWNe, with emphasis on Chandra observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40 Years Of Pulsars
Subtitle of host publicationMillisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780735405028
StatePublished - 2008
Event40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 12 2007Aug 17 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other40 Years Of Pulsars: Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars and More
CityMontreal, QC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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