Modulated Gamma-ray emission from compact millisecond pulsar binary systems [HEAP]

A significant amount of the millisecond pulsars has been discovered within binary systems. In several such binary systems the masses of the companion stars have been derived allowing to distinguish two classes of objects, called the Black Widow and the Redback binaries. Pulsars in these binary systems are expected to produce winds which, colliding with stellar winds, create conditions for acceleration of electrons. These electrons should interact with the anisotropic radiation from the companion stars producing gamma-ray emission modulated with the orbital period of the binary system. We consider the interaction of a millisecond pulsar (MSP) wind with a very inhomogeneous stellar wind from the companion star within binary systems of the Black Widow and Redback types. It is expected that the pulsar wind should mix efficiently with the inhomogeneous stellar wind. Electrons accelerated in such mixed, turbulent winds can interact with the magnetic field and also strong radiation from the companion star producing not only synchrotron radiation but also gamma-rays in the the Inverse Compton process. Applying numerical methods, we calculated the GeV-TeV gamma-ray spectra and the light curves expected from some millisecond pulsar binary systems. It is concluded that energetic millisecond pulsar binary systems create a new class of TeV gamma-ray sources which could be detectable by the future Cherenkov arrays (e.g. CTA) and possibly also by the extensive campaigns with the present arrays (HESS, MAGIC, VERITAS). However, gamma-ray emission from the millisecond pulsar binary systems is predicted to have different features than those observed in the case of massive TeV gamma-ray binaries such as LS I 303 61 or LS 5039. The maximum in the TeV gamma-ray orbital light curve should appear when the MSP is behind the companion star.

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Mon, 2 Dec 13