In a recently published study, a group of international astronomers revealed detection of gamma-ray pulsations from the pulsar PSR J0952-0607.
Back in 2017, the Netherlands-based Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope identified a pulsar spinning at more than 42,000 revolutions per minute which is the second fastest known pulsar in human history. The pulsar is located 3,200 and 5,700 light-years away and contains about 1.4 times of sun’s mass. Named J0952–0607, the pulsar is orbited by a star every 6.4 hours. Interestingly, a group of international astronomers has recently detected gamma-ray pulsations from J0952−0607.
In the study, the group of researchers pointed out that the pulsar PSR J0952–0607 is one of a kind as it’s a class of extreme binary pulsar with semi-degenerate companion stars. As the gamma ray emitted from the pulsar is very faint, the group of scientists used data from NASA to detect the gamma-ray pulsations.
The scientists wrote, “Using a sensitive, fully coherent pulsation search technique, we detected gamma-ray pulsations from the radio pulsar PSR J0952−0607 in a search around the parameters reported by Bassa et al. (2017b).”
In addition to detecting the gamma ray pulsations, the astronomers also determined several parameters during the research. However, few of the parameters are still unknown and the scientists are hoping they’ll be able to detect the parameters in the coming years.