Swift study of the first soft γ-ray repeater like burst from AXP 1E 1841-045 in SNR Kes 73.
KUMAR H.S. and SAFI-HARB S.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the study of the short (32 ms) and first soft γ-ray repeater like burst observed from the anomalous X-ray pulsar (AXP) 1E 1841-045 associated with the supernova remnant Kes 73, discovered on 2010 May 6 by the Burst Alert Telescope on board the Swift γ-ray observatory. The 15-100 keV time-averaged burst spectrum is modeled by a single power law (PL) with a photon index Γ = 3.2+1.8–1.0 and has a fluence of 1.1+0.4–0.6x10–8 erg/cm2, a luminosity of 2.9+1.1–1.6x 1039 erg/s, and an energy of 7.2+0.4–0.6x1036 erg. The prompt after-burst 0.5-10 keV quiescent spectrum obtained with the Swift X-ray Telescope (XRT) is best fit by an absorbed PL model with Γ = 2.6±0.2 and an unabsorbed flux of 9.1+1.2–1.4x10–11 erg/cm2/s. To investigate the pre-burst 0.5-10 keV persistent emission, we analyzed the archival XMM-Newton observations, and the spectra are well fitted by a two-component blackbody plus PL model with a temperature kT = 0.45±0.03 keV, Γ = 1.9±0.2, and an unabsorbed flux of 4.3+0.9–1.2x10–11 erg/cm2/s. Comparing the Swift-XRT spectrum with the XMM-Newton spectrum, spectral softening post-burst is evident with a 2.1 times increase in the unabsorbed flux. We discuss the burst activity and the persistent emission properties of AXP 1E 1841-045 in comparison with other magnetars and in the context of the magnetar model.