Detection of new optical counterpart candidates to PSR B1951+32 with HST/WFPC2
National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland
Corresponding author: R. F. Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 4 July 2002
There remain several definitive γ-ray pulsars that are as yet undetected in the optical regime. A classic case is the pulsar PSR B1951+32, associated with the complex CTB 80 SNR. Previous ground based high speed 2-d optical studies have ruled out candidates to . Hester (2000a) has reported an analysis of archival HST/WFPC2 observations of the CTB 80 complex which suggest a compact synchrotron nebula coincident with the pulsar's radio position. Performing a similar analysis, we have identified a possible optical counterpart within this synchrotron nebula at , and another optical counterpart candidate nearby at . We assess the reality of these counterpart candidates in the context of existing models of pulsar emission.
Key words: stars: pulsars: general / stars: pulsars: individual: PSR B1951+32 / ISM: supernova remnants / ISM: individual objects: CTB 80
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