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The PoGO plus view on Crab off-pulse hard X-ray polarization
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy.
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Number of Authors: 142018 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 477, no 1, p. l45-L49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The linear polarization fraction (PF) and angle of the hard X-ray emission from the Crab provide unique insight into high-energy radiation mechanisms, complementing the usual imaging, timing, and spectroscopic approaches. Results have recently been presented by two missions operating in partially overlapping energy bands, PoGO+ (18-160 keV) and AstroSat CZTI (100-380 keV). We previously reported PoGO+ results on the polarization parameters integrated across the light curve and for the entire nebula-dominated off-pulse region. We now introduce finer phase binning, in light of the AstroSat CZTI claim that the PF varies across the off-pulse region. Since both missions are operating in a regime where errors on the reconstructed polarization parameters are non-Gaussian, we adopt a Bayesian approach to compare results from each mission. We find no statistically significant variation in off-pulse polarization parameters, neither when considering the mission data separately nor when they are combined. This supports expectations from standard high-energy emission models.

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2018. Vol. 477, no 1, p. l45-L49
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instrumentation: polarimeters, methods: statistical
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165746DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/sly027ISI: 000454420400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165746DiVA, id: diva2:1285487
Available from: 2019-02-04 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-02-04Bibliographically approved

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