Pulsed optical emission from PSR 0656+14

A. Shearer, R. M. Redfern, G. Gorman, R. Butler, A. Golden, P. O'Kane, G. M. Beskin, S. I. Neizvestny, V. V. Neustroev, V. L. Plokhotnichenko, M. Cullum

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Using data collected with the Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) 6 m telescope and the University College Galway (UCG) Transputer Instrument for Fast Image Deconvolution (TRIFFID) imaging photometer, we show that the radio, X-ray, and γ-ray pulsar PSR 0656+14 exhibits pulsed optical emission. We observed that the pulsed fraction was consistent with 100% and that the flux was higher than that expected from a thermal source. The magnitude of PSR 0656+14 in the B band was observed to be 25.1 ± 0.3, consistent with previous CCD observations. The peak of the optical signal is at phase 0.2 compared to the radio and in phase with the weak γ-ray pulse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L181-L185
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART II
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Instrumentation: detectors

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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