On the origin of LS 5039 and PSR J1825-1446

J. Moldón, M. Ribó, J. M. Paredes, W. Brisken, V. Dhawan, M. Kramer, A. G. Lyne, B. W. Stappers

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Context. The gamma-ray binary LS 5039 and the isolated pulsar PSR J1825-1446 were proposed to have been formed in the supernova remnant (SNR) G016.8-01.1. Aims. We aim to obtain the Galactic trajectory of LS 5039 and PSR J1825-1446 to find their origin in the Galaxy, and in particular to check their association with SNR G016.8-01.1 to restrict their age. Methods. By means of radio and optical observations we obtained the proper motion and the space velocity of the sources. Results. The proper motion of PSR J1825-1446 corresponds to a transverse space velocity of 690 km s -1 at a distance of 5 kpc. Its Galactic velocity at different distances is not compatible with the expected Galactic rotation. The velocity and characteristic age of PSR J1825-1446 make it incompatible with SNR G016.8-01.1. There are no clear OB associations or SNRs crossing the past trajectory of PSR J1825-1446. We estimate the age of the pulsar to be 80-245 kyr, which is compatible with its characteristic age. The proper motion of LS 5039 is μ αcosδ = 7.09 and μ δ =-8.82 mas yr -1. The association of LS 5039 with SNR G016.8-01.1 is unlikely, although we cannot discard it. The system would have had to be formed in the association Ser OB2 (at 2.0 kpc) if the age of the system is 1.0-1.2 Myr, or in the association Sct OB3 (distance 1.5-2 kpc) for an age of 0.1-0.2 Myr. If the system were not formed close to Ser OB2, the pseudo-synchronization of the orbit would be unlikely. Conclusions. PSR J1825-1446 is a high-velocity isolated pulsar ejected from the Galaxy. The distance to LS 5039, which needs to be constrained by future astrometric missions such as Gaia, is a key parameter for restricting its origin and age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA26
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - 2012

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to J. Casares for allowing us to mention several new parameters of LS 5039 prior to publication. The NRAO is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. The European VLBI Network ( http://www.evlbi.org/ ) is a joint facility of European, Chinese, South African, and other radio astronomy institutes funded by their national research councils. This work made use of the Swinburne University of Technology software correlator, developed as part of the Australian Major National Research Facilities Programme and operated under licence. This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. We acknowledge support by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) under grants AYA2010-21782-C03-01 and FPA2010-22056-C06-02. J.M. acknowledges support by MICINN under grant BES-2008-004564. M.R. acknowledges financial support from MICINN and European Social Funds through a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. J.M.P. acknowledges financial support from ICREA Academia.


  • Gamma rays: stars
  • Proper motions
  • Pulsars: individual: PSR J1825-1446
  • Radio continuum: stars
  • Stars: individual: LS 5039
  • X-rays: binaries


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