First observations of Pulsars with the DArk Matter Particle Explorer
August 16, 2017
August 03, 2018
The DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) is a satellite-borne particle detector used to study High Energy Cosmic Rays and High Energy Gamma-Rays. It was successfully launched on the 17th of December 2015 from the Jiuquan Launching Center into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 km. The instrument consists of a BGO Electromagnetic Calorimeter for electron/proton separation; a silicon tracker inter-spaced with tungsten for pair conversion of Gamma-Rays; a plastic scintillator detector which is used both as an anti-coincidence detector and for charge measurements and a neutron detector. During the first year of the mission, DAMPE has scanned the full sky at least once, thereby revealing several bright gamma-ray sources. We present an initial analysis on the brightest pulsars observed in an energy range from 1 GeV to 100 GeV together with an outlook on future developments. Comparisons with measurements performed by other instruments will be presented.
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