Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

To constrain the giant pulse (GP) emission mechanism and test the model of Lyutikov (2007) for GP emission, we have carried out a campaign of simultaneous observations of the Crab pulsar at gamma-ray (Fermi) and radio (Green Bank Telescope) wavelengths. Over 10 hours of simultaneous observations we obtained a sample of 2.1x10^4 giant pulses, observed at a radio frequency of 9 GHz, and 77 Fermi photons, with energies between 100 MeV and 5 GeV. The majority of GPs came from the interpulse (IP) phase window. We found no change in the GP generation rate within 10-120 s windows at lags of up to +-40 min of observed gamma-ray photons. The 95% upper limit for a gamma-ray flux enhancement in pulsed emission phase window around all GPs is 4 times the average pulsed gamma-ray flux from the Crab. For the subset of IP GPs, the enhancement upper limit, within the IP emission window, is 12 times the average pulsed gamma-ray flux. These results suggest that GPs, at least high-frequency IP GPs, are due to changes in coherence of radio emission rather than an overall increase in the magnetospheric particle density.

Source Citation

Bilous, A. V., Kondratiev, V. I., Mclaughlin, M. A., Ransom, S. M., Lyutikov, M., Mickaliger, M., & Langston, G. I. (2011). Correlation Of Fermi Photons With High-Frequency Radio Giant Pulses From The Crab Pulsar. The Astrophysical Journal, 728(2), 110. http://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/728/2/110

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