242.08 Post-outburst radio monitoring of the high magnetic field pulsar PSR J1119-6127 (Walid A. Majid)

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Jan 5th at 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM

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Author(s): Walid A. Majid1, Aaron Pearlman1, jonathan kocz1, Thomas A Prince1, Jonas lippuner1, Shinji Horiuchi1

Institution(s): 1. JPL/Caltech

We have carried out radio monitoring observations of PSR J11119-6127 following its recent X-ray outburst in July 2016. While initial observations failed to detect the presence of pulsed emission, subsequent observations two weeks later show bright detections of the pulsar at S-band and a significant detection at X-band as the S-band pulse profile returns to a single-peaked shape. From these measurements, we were able to estimate a spectral index over a relatively wide range of radio wavelengths. We also detected an unusual multiple- peaked radio profile and single pulse events. Further observations show an evolving pulse profile that is quite unique among known radio pulsars. PSR J1119-6127 is clearly a transition object, i.e. a high-magnetic field neutron star that is normally a rotation- powered pulsar in radio and X-rays, but also shows transient magnetar-like behavior, i.e. behavior unlikely to be powered solely by rotation, but also by release of stored magnetic energy. We will discuss recent results and implications for understanding the emission behavior of high magnetic field pulsars.
This research was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
California Institute of Technology, under the Research and Technology
Development Program, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration.