Astrophys. J., 676, 1189-1199 (2008/April-1)
Neutral hydrogen absorption toward XTE J1810-197: the distance to a radio-emitting magnetar.
MINTER A.H., CAMILO F., RANSOM S.M., HALPERN J.P. and ZIMMERMAN N.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have used the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to measure H I absorption against the anomalous X-ray pulsar XTE J1810-197. Using a flat rotation curve, we find that XTE J1810-197 is located at a distance of 3.4±0.6 kpc. The Galactic bar, however, does have an influence on Galactic rotation velocities that impacts the distance estimate of XTE J1810-197. When rotation curve models that include the Galactic bar are used, we find that XTE J1810-197 is located in the distance range of 3.1-4.3 kpc. From information gleaned from the literature, we find an upper limit on the distance to XTE J1810-197 of 4 kpc based on its infrared detection, its location just in front of an Infrared Dark Cloud (G10.74-0.13), and a measurement of the infrared absorption versus distance for this line of sight. Our best determination for the distance to XTE J1810-197 is thus 3.1-4 kpc. This distance, 3.1-4 kpc, is consistent with the distance to XTE J1810-197 of about 3.3 kpc derived from its dispersion measure, and estimates of 2-5 kpc obtained from fits to its X-ray spectra. We also used the GBT in an attempt to measure absorption in the four OH 18 cm lines against XTE J1810-197. We were unsuccessful in this, mainly because of its declining radio flux density. Analysis of H I 21 cm, OH 18 cm, and 12CO(2⟶1) emission toward XTE J1810-197 allows us to place a lower limit of NH≳4.6x1021/cm2 on the nonionized hydrogen column density to XTE J1810-197, consistent with estimates obtained from fits to its X-ray spectra.
H II regions - ISM: Bubbles - ISM: Clouds - ISM: individual (G10.0-0.3) - ISM: individual (G10.2-0.3) - ISM: individual (G10.3-0.1) - ISM: individual (G10.6-0.4) - ISM: individual (G10.74-0.13) - ISM: individual (G11.2-0.3) - pulsars: individual (XTE J1810-197) - Radio Lines: ISM - ISM: Supernova Remnants
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