Searches for millisecond pulsar candidates among the unidentified fermi objects

C. Y. Hui, S. M. Park, C. P. Hu, L. C.C. Lin, K. L. Li, A. K.H. Kong, P. H.T. Tam, J. Takata, K. S. Cheng, Ruolan Jin, T. C. Yen, Chunglee Kim

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Here we report the results of searching millisecond pulsar (MSP) candidates from the Fermi LAT second source catalog (2FGL). Seven unassociated γ-ray sources in this catalog are identified as promising MSP candidates based on their γ-ray properties. Through the X-ray analysis, we have detected possible X-ray counterparts, localized to an arcsecond accuracy. We have systematically estimated their X-ray fluxes and compared them with the corresponding γ-ray fluxes. The X-ray to γ-ray flux ratios for 2FGL J1653.6-0159 and 2FGL J1946.4-5402 are comparable with the typical value for pulsars. For 2FGL J1625.2-0020, 2FGL J1653.6-0159, and 2FGL J1946.4-5402, their candidate X-ray counterparts are bright enough to perform a detailed spectral and temporal analysis to discriminate their thermal/non-thermal nature and search for the periodic signal. We have also searched for possible optical/IR counterparts at the X-ray positions. For the optical/IR source coincident with the brightest X-ray object associated with 2FGL J1120.0-2204, its spectral energy distribution is comparable with a late-type star. Evidence for the variability has also been found by examining its optical light curve. All the aforementioned 2FGL sources resemble a pulsar in one or more aspects, making them promising targets for follow-up investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number68
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2015

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  • X-rays: binaries
  • X-rays: stars
  • binaries: close
  • gamma rays: stars
  • pulsars: general


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