Central Compact Objects in Supernova Remnants

  title={Central Compact Objects in Supernova Remnants},
  author={George G. Pavlov and Divas Sanwal and Marcus A. Teter},
There are point-like sources in central regions of several supernova remnants which have not been detected outside the X-ray range. The X-ray spectra of these Central Compact Objects (CCOs) have thermal components with blackbody temperatures of 0.2–0.5 keV and characteristic sizes of 0.3–3 km. Most likely, the CCOs are neutron stars born in supernova explosions. We overview their observational properties, emphasizing the Chandra data, and compare them with magnetars.