X-ray observations of RX J0822-4300 and Puppis-A
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
Accepted: 24 March 2006
Based on observations with the X-ray observatories Chandra and XMM-Newton we present results from a detailed spectro-imaging and timing analysis of the central compact X-ray source RX J0822-4300 in the supernova remnant Puppis-A. The superior angular resolution of Chandra allows for the first time to pinpoint the point source nature of this object down to arcsec (FWHM) and to determine its position: , (J2000) with sub-arcsecond accuracy. Spectral fits based on Chandra and XMM-Newton data provide a tight constraint on the emission properties of RX J0822-4300. Most of its X-ray emission seems to be of thermal origin. A model spectrum consisting of two blackbody components with K, K and km, km for the blackbody temperatures and the size of the projected emitting regions, respectively, provides the best model description of its spectrum. A search for X-ray pulsations from RX J0822-4300 revealed an interesting periodicity candidate which, if confirmed, does not support a scenario of steady spin-down.
Key words: pulsars: individual: RX J0822-4300 / stars: neutron / supernovae: individual: Puppis-A / X-rays: stars
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