NASA/IPAC EXTRAGALACTIC DATABASE
Date and Time of the Query: 2019-04-19 T21:33:24 PDT
Help | Comment | NED Home

For refcode 2013MNRAS.431.2690M:
Retrieve 143 NED objects in this reference.
Please click here for ADS abstract

NED Abstract

Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2013MNRAS.431.2690M Young rotation-powered pulsars as ultraluminous X-ray sources Medvedev, Aleksei S.; Poutanen, Juri Abstract. The aim of this paper is to investigate a possible contribution of the rotation-powered pulsars and pulsar wind nebulae to the population of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs). We first develop an analytical model for the evolution of the distribution function of pulsars over the spin period and find both the steady-state and the time-dependent solutions. Using the recent results on the X-ray efficiency dependence on pulsar characteristic age, we then compute the X-ray luminosity function (XLF) of rotation-powered pulsars. In a general case, it has a broken power-law shape with a high-luminosity cutoff, which depends on the distributions of the birth spin period and the magnetic field. Using the observed XLF of sources in the nearby galaxies and the condition that the pulsar XLF does not exceed that, we find the allowed region for the parameters describing the birth period distribution. We find that the mean pulsar period should be greater than 10-40 ms. These results are consistent with the constraints obtained from the X-ray luminosity of core-collapse supernovae. We estimate that the contribution of the rotation-powered pulsars to the ULX population is at a level exceeding 3 per cent. For a wide birth period distribution, this fraction grows with luminosity and above 10^40^ erg s^-1^ pulsars can dominate the ULX population. Key words: methods: statistical, stars: luminosity function, mass function, stars: neutron, pulsars: general, X-rays: galaxies
Retrieve 143 NED objects in this reference.
Please click here for ADS abstract

Back to NED Home