NuSTAR DISCOVERY OF AN UNUSUALLY STEADY LONG-TERM SPIN-UP OF THE Be BINARY 2RXP J130159.6–635806
Author(s)Krivonos, Roman A.; Tsygankov, Sergey S.; Lutovinov, Alexander A.; Tomsick, John A.; Chakrabarty, Deepto; Bachetti, Matteo; Boggs, Steven E.; Chernyakova, Masha; Christensen, Finn E.; Craig, William W.; Fürst, Felix; Hailey, Charles J.; Harrison, Fiona A.; Lansbury, George B.; Rahoui, Farid; Stern, Daniel; Zhang, William W.; ... Show more Show less
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We present spectral and timing analyses of Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) observations of the accreting X-ray pulsar 2RXP J130159.6–635806. The source was serendipitously observed during a campaign focused on the gamma-ray binary PSR B1259–63 and was later targeted for a dedicated observation. The spectrum has a typical shape for accreting X-ray pulsars, consisting of a simple power law with an exponential cutoff starting at ~7 keV with a folding energy of E[subscript fold] ≃ 18 keV. There is also an indication of the presence of a 6.4 keV iron line in the spectrum at the ~3σ significance level. NuSTAR measurements of the pulsation period reveal that the pulsar has undergone a strong and steady spin-up for the last 20 years. The pulsed fraction is estimated to be ~80%, and is constant with energy up to 40 keV. The power density spectrum shows a break toward higher frequencies relative to the current spin period. This, together with steady persistent luminosity, points to a long-term mass accretion rate high enough to bring the pulsar out of spin equilibrium.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
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Krivonos, Roman A., Sergey S. Tsygankov, Alexander A. Lutovinov, John A. Tomsick, Deepto Chakrabarty, Matteo Bachetti, Steven E. Boggs, et al. “NuSTAR DISCOVERY OF AN UNUSUALLY STEADY LONG-TERM SPIN-UP OF THE Be BINARY 2RXP J130159.6–635806.” The Astrophysical Journal 809, no. 2 (August 19, 2015): 140. © 2015 The American Astronomical Society
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