A NuSTAR Observation of the Gamma-Ray Emitting Millisecond Pulsar PSR J1723-2837

A. K.H. Kong, C. Y. Hui, J. Takata, K. L. Li, P. H.T. Tam

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We report on the first NuSTAR observation of the gamma-ray emitting millisecond pulsar binary PSR J1723-2837. X-ray radiation up to 79 keV is clearly detected, and the simultaneous NuSTAR and Swift spectrum is well described by an absorbed power law with a photon index of ∼1.3. We also find X-ray modulations in the 3-10, 10-20, 20-79, and 3-79 keV bands at the 14.8 hr binary orbital period. All of these are entirely consistent with previous X-ray observations below 10 keV. This new hard X-ray observation of PSR J1723-2837 provides strong evidence that the X-rays are from the intrabinary shock via an interaction between the pulsar wind and the outflow from the companion star. We discuss how the NuSTAR observation constrains the physical parameters of the intrabinary shock model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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