Studies of Neutron Stars at Optical/IR Wavelengths

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Mignani, R. P. ; Bagnulo, S. ; De Luca, A. ; Israel, G. L. ; Curto, G. Lo ; Motch, C. ; Perna, R. ; Rea, N. ; Turolla, R. ; Zane, S. (2006)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1007/s10509-007-9340-z
  • Subject: Astrophysics
    arxiv: Astrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics | Astrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena | Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics | Astrophysics::Solar and Stellar Astrophysics

In the last years, optical studies of Isolated Neutron Stars (INSs) have expanded from the more classical rotation-powered ones to other categories, like the Anomalous X-ray Pulsars (AXPs) and the Soft Gamma-ray Repeaters (SGRs), which make up the class of the magnetars, the radio-quiet INSs with X-ray thermal emission and, more recently, the enigmatic Compact Central Objects (CCOs) in supernova remnants. Apart from 10 rotation-powered pulsars, so far optical/IR counterparts have been found for 5 magnetars and for 4 INSs. In this work we present some of the latest observational results obtained from optical/IR observations of different types of INSs.
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