A&A 486, 485-491 (2008)
Resolving the bow-shock nebula around the old pulsar PSR B1929+10 with multi-epoch Chandra observationsC. Y. Hui and W. Becker
Max-Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
Received 5 July 2007 / Accepted 28 April 2008
We have studied the nearby old pulsar PSR B1929+10 and its surrounding interstellar medium utilizing the sub-arcsecond angular resolution of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Chandra data are found to be fully consistent with the results obtained from deep XMM-Newton observations as far as the pulsar is concerned. We confirm the non-thermal emission nature of the pulsar's X-radiation. In addition to the X-ray trail already seen in previous observations by the ROSAT and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories, we discovered an arc-like nebula surrounding the pulsar. We interpret the feature as a bow-shock nebula and discuss its energetics in the context of standard shock theory.
Key words: stars: pulsars: individual: PSR B1929+10 -- stars: neutron
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