Volume 592, August 2016
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||12 August 2016|
Study of a new central compact object: The neutron star in the supernova remnant G15.9+0.2
Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik (IAAT),
Universität Tübingen, Sand
1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
Accepted: 17 July 2016
We present our study of the central point source CXOU J181852.0−150213 in the young Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) G15.9+0.2 based on the recent ~90 ks Chandra observations. The point source was discovered in 2005 in shorter Chandra observations and was hypothesized to be a neutron star associated with the SNR. Our X-ray spectral analysis strongly supports the hypothesis of a thermally emitting neutron star associated with G15.9+0.2. We conclude that the object belongs to the class of young cooling low-magnetized neutron stars referred to as central compact objects (CCOs). We modeled the spectrum of the neutron star with a blackbody spectral function and with our hydrogen and carbon neutron star atmosphere models, assuming that the radiation is uniformly emitted by the entire stellar surface. Under this assumption, only the carbon atmosphere models yield a distance that is compatible with a source located in the Galaxy. In this respect, CXOU J181852.0−150213 is similar to two other well-studied CCOs, the neutron stars in Cas A and in HESS J1731−347, for which carbon atmosphere models were used to reconcile their emission with the known or estimated distances.
Key words: stars: neutron / ISM: supernova remnants / stars: atmospheres
© ESO, 2016
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