TWO NEW BURSTING NEUTRON STAR LOW-MASS X-RAY BINARIES: SWIFT J185003.2-005627 AND SWIFT J1922.7-1716
Author(s)Degenaar, N.; Altamirano, D.; Wijnands, R.; Linares Alegret, Manuel
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We discuss the origin of two triggers of Swift's Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) that occurred in 2011. The triggers were identified with Swift J185003.2-005627, a previously unknown X-ray source, and the known but unclassified X-ray transient Swift J1922.7-1716. We investigate the BAT data and follow-up observations obtained with Swift's X-ray and ultraviolet/optical telescopes to demonstrate that both triggers are consistent with thermonuclear X-ray bursts. This implies that both sources are neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries. The total duration of ≃ 7 minutes and estimated energy output of ≃ (3-7) × 10[superscript 39] erg fall in between that of normal and intermediately long X-ray bursts. From the observed peaks of the X-ray bursts, we estimate a distance of ≲ 3.7 kpc for Swift J185003.2-005627 and ≲ 4.8 kpc for Swift J1922.7-1716. We characterize the outburst and quiescent X-ray properties of the two sources. They have comparable average outburst luminosities of ≃ 10[superscript 35-36] erg s[superscript –1], and a quiescent luminosity equal to or lower than ≃ 2 × 10[superscript 32] erg s[superscript –1] (0.5-10 keV). Swift J185003.2-005627 returned to quiescence ≃ 20 d after its BAT trigger, while Swift J1922.7-1716 appears to exhibit long accretion outbursts that last several months to years. We identify a unique counterpart for Swift J1922.7-1716 in the ultraviolet/optical data. Finally, we serendipitously detect a flare lasting ≃ 500 s from an uncataloged X-ray/optical object that we tentatively classify as a flaring M-dwarf.
DepartmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Degenaar, N., M. Linares, D. Altamirano, and R. Wijnands. “TWO NEW BURSTING NEUTRON STAR LOW-MASS X-RAY BINARIES: SWIFT J185003.2-005627 AND SWIFT J1922.7-1716.” The Astrophysical Journal 759, no. 1 (October 11, 2012): 8. © 2012 The American Astronomical Society
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