Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physics (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Physics

Advisor 1

Petra Huentemeyer

Committee Member 1

Robert Nemiroff

Committee Member 2

David Nitz

DOI

10.37099/mtu.dc.etdr/1015

Abstract

Pulsars are an extremely dense and highly magnetized rotating neutron stars. Their periodic rotation produces pulsed emissions and this periodicity makes them a very useful tool in various studies. Hundreds of γ-ray pulsars have been discovered with the increasing number of telescopes and observing facilities. The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) has been taking data from the direction of the Cygnus region and has reported multiple pulsars in the region. One of the brightest pulsars reported is PSR J2032.2+4126, which has been detected at both radio and gamma ray energies. Emission from these bright pulsars outshine the gamma ray sources in their vicinity. Hence, in addition to understanding the pulsar, estimating the on-pulse and off-pulse periods of the pulsar can be crucial to understand and analyze the fainter sources in the nearby region. PSR J2032.2+4126 lies directly on top of the Cygnus cocoon, thus this analysis will be used to understand the background in the extended emission analysis from the cocoon region.

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