ChandraObservations of the Young Pulsar PSR B0540−69

P. Kaaret, H. L. Marshall, T. L. Aldcroft, D. E. Graessle, M. Karovska, S. S. Murray, A. H. Rots, N. S. Schulz, F. D. Seward
2001 Astrophysical Journal  
The young pulsar PSR B0540-69 was one of the first targets observed with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The high angular resolution of Chandra allows us to resolve the compact nebula surrounding the pulsar. We have determined a position for PSR B0540-69 of R.A. = 05h 40m 11s.221, decl. = -69o 19' 54".98 (J2000) with a 1-sigma radial uncertainty of 0.7". Combining our measurements of the pulsar period with previous measurements covering a span of 12 years, we derive a braking index of 2.08. The
more » ... index of 2.08. The spectrum of the pulsed emission is consistent with a power-law with a photon index of 1.83 +/- 0.13. The compact nebula has a softer spectrum with a photon index of 1.85 to 2.26.
doi:10.1086/318287 fatcat:qthmqfzg5fafpnqdgq2tbdxhey