High-energy emission from Black Widows and Redbacks
Harding, Alice K.
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A large number of new black widow and redback energetic millisecond pulsars with irradiated stellar companions have been discovered through radio searches of unidentified Fermi sources. We construct a 3D emission model of these systems to predict the high-energy emission components from particles accelerated to several TeV in the intrabinary shocks, and its predicted modulation at the binary orbital period. Synchrotron emission is expected at X-ray energies and such modulated emission has already been detected by Chandra and XMM-Newton in some systems. Synchrotron and inverse Compton emission from relativistic particles in the pulsar wind and intrabinary shock can probe the unknown physics of pulsar winds and relativistic shock acceleration in these compact binaries. Orbitally-modulated emission in the GeV and TeV bands may be detectable under some favorable conditions