publication . Preprint . Article . 2001

On the age of PSR B 1509-58

V. V. Gvaramadze;
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  • Published: 25 Feb 2001
It is generally accepted that the PSR B1509-58 is associated with the supernova remnant (SNR) MSH 15-52 (G 320.4-01.2). The spin-down age of the pulsar is \simeq 1700 years, while the size and the general appearance of the SNR suggest that this system is much older. A few possible explanations of this discrepancy have been put forward. We offer an alternative one and suggest that the high spin-down rate of the pulsar characterizes only a relatively short period of its (present) spin history, and that the enhanced braking torque is connected with the interaction between the pulsar's magnetosphere and the dense matter of a circumstellar clump (created during the l...
arXiv: Astrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical PhenomenaAstrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics, Space and Planetary Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics
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