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Is Crab nebula a disrupted helium star?

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WE propose here that the Crab nebula was produced by the explosion of a helium star in a close binary already containing a neutron star. This explosion would be caused by a complete spiralling of the neutron star into the helium star, which was totally disrupted1. The neutron star would be spun up in the process and be identified with PSR0532.

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  1. Universitäts-Stern warte, Geismarlandstraβe 11, 34, Göttingen, FRG

    • R. K. KOCHHAR
  2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, 34, India

    • R. K. KOCHHAR

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