Vol 24, No 1

A Possible γ-Ray Pulsation from PSR J1740−5340B in the Globular Cluster NGC 6397

Jiao Zheng, Pengfei Zhang and Li Zhang


Recently, a new radio millisecond pulsar (MSP) J1740−5340B, hosted in the globular cluster (GC) NGC 6397, was reported with a 5.78 ms spin period in an eclipsing binary system with a 1.97 days orbital period. Based on a modified radio ephemeris updated by tool tempo2, we analyze the ∼15 yr γ-ray data obtained from the Large Area Telescope on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and detect PSR J1740−5340B's γ-ray pulsation at a confidence level of ∼4σ with a weighted H-test value of ∼26. By performing a phase-resolved analysis, the γ-ray luminosity in on-pulse interval of PSR J1740−5340B is Lγ ∼ 3.8 × 1033 erg s−1 using NGC 6397's distance of 2.48 kpc. And γ-rays from the on-pulse part of PSR J1740−5340B contribute ∼90% of the total observed γ-ray emissions from NGC 6397. No significant γ-ray pulsation of another MSP J1740−5340A in the GC is detected. Considering that the previous four cases of MSPs in GCs, more data in γ-ray, X-ray, and radio are encouraged to finally confirm the γ-ray emissions from MSP J1740−5340B, especially starving for a precise ephemeris.


Key words: gamma-rays: galaxies – (stars:) pulsars: individual (PSR J1740-5340B) – (Galaxy:) globular clusters: individual (NGC 6397)

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