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|Title:||High Spatial Resolution X-Ray Spectroscopy of the IC 443 Pulsar Wind Nebula and Environs||Authors:||Swartz, Douglas A.
Pavlov, George G.
Zavlin, Vyacheslav E.
van der Horst, Alexander J.
Weisskopf, Martin C.
|Issue Date:||2015||Journal:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL||Number:||808||Issue:||1||First Page:||84||Abstract:||Deep Chandra ACIS observations of the region around the putative pulsar, CXOU J061705.3+222127, in the supernova remnant (SNR) IC 443 reveal an ̃5″ radius ring-like structure surrounding the pulsar and a jet-like feature oriented roughly north-south across the ring and through the pulsar's location at 06<SUP>h</SUP>17<SUP>m</SUP>5.ˢ200 + 22°21′27.″52 (J2000.0 coordinates). The observations further confirm that (1) the spectrum and flux of the central object are consistent with a rotation-powered pulsar, (2) the non-thermal spectrum and morphology of the surrounding nebula are consistent with a pulsar wind, and (3) the spectrum at greater distances is consistent with thermal emission from the SNR. The cometary shape of the nebula, suggesting motion toward the southwest, appears to be subsonic: There is no evidence either spectrally or morphologically for a bow shock or contact discontinuity; the nearly circular ring is not distorted by motion through the ambient medium; and the shape near the apex of the nebula is narrow. Comparing this observation with previous observations of the same target, we set a 99% confidence upper limit to the proper motion of CXOU J061705.3+222127 to be less than 44 mas yr<SUP>-1</SUP> (310 km s<SUP>-1</SUP> for a distance of 1.5 kpc), with the best-fit (but not statistically significant) projected direction toward the west.||Acknowledgments:||The Chandra observations were obtained in response to Chandra Proposal Number 13500093 by the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, which is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for and on behalf of the National Aeronautics Space Administration under contract NAS8-03060. Optical observations were obtained with the SARA Observatory 0.9 m telescope at Kitt Peak, which is owned and operated by the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy. Basic research in radio astronomy at the Naval Research Laboratory (TC) is supported by 6.1 Base funding.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/23850||URL:||https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/808/1/84||ISSN:||0004-637X||DOI:||10.1088/0004-637X/808/1/84||Bibcode ADS:||2015ApJ...808...84S||Fulltext:||open|
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