Title: Interaction of high-velocity pulsars with supernova remnant shells
Authors: van der Swaluw, E ×
Achterberg, A
Gallant, YA
Downes, TP
Keppens, Rony #
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: E d p sciences
Series Title: Astronomy & astrophysics vol:397 issue:3 pages:913-920
Abstract: Hydrodynamical simulations are presented of a pulsar wind emitted by a supersonically moving pulsar. The pulsar moves through the interstellar medium or, in the more interesting case, through the supernova remnant created at its birth event. In both cases there exists a three-fold structure consisting of the wind termination shock, contact discontinuity and a bow shock bounding the pulsar wind nebula. Using hydrodynamical simulations we study the behaviour of the pulsar wind nebula inside a supernova remnant, and in particular the interaction with the outer shell of swept up interstellar matter and the blast wave surrounding the remnant. This interaction occurs when the pulsar breaks out of the supernova remnant. We assume the remnant is in the Sedov stage of its evolution. Just before break-through, the Mach number associated with the pulsar motion equals M-psr = 7/ root5, independent of the supernova explosion energy and pulsar velocity. The bow shock structure is shown to survive this break-through event.
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Plasma-astrophysics Section
× corresponding author
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