Query : 2005A&A...441..597S

2005A&A...441..597S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 441, 597-604 (2005/10-2)

The pulsed X-ray light curves of the isolated neutron star RBS 1223.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a multi-epoch spectral and timing analysis of the isolated neutron star RBS 1223. New XMM-Newton data obtained in January 2004 confirm the spin period to be twice as long as previously thought, Pspin=10.31s. The combined ROSAT, Chandra, and XMM-Newton data (6 epochs) give, contrary to earlier findings, no clear indication of a spin evolution of the neutron star. The X-ray light curves are double-humped with pronounced hardness ratio variations suggesting an inhomogeneous surface temperature with two spots separated by about ∼160°. The sharpness of the two humps suggests a mildly relativistic star with a ratio between Rns, the neutron star radius at source, and rS, the Schwarzschild-radius, of Rns/rS>3.5. Assuming Planckian energy distributions as local radiation sources, light curves were synthesized which were found to be in overall qualitative agreement with observed light curves in two different energy bands. The temperature distribution used was based on the crustal field models by Geppert et al. (2004A&A...426..267G) for a central temperature of Tc=108K and an external dipolar field of B∼1013G. This gives a mean atmospheric temperature of 55eV. A much simpler model with two homogeneous spots with T=92eV and 84eV, and a cold rest star, Tstar,∞<45eV, invisible at X-ray wavelengths, was found to be similarly successful. The new temperature determination and the new {dot}(P)spin suggest that the star is older than previously thought, T≃105...6yr. The model-dependent distance to RBS 1223 is estimated between 76pc and 380pc (for Rns=12km).

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Journal keyword(s): stars: neutron - stars: individual: RBS 1223 - stars: magnetic fields - X-rays: stars

Simbad objects: 5

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 RX J0420.0-5022 N*? 04 20 02.2 -50 22 46     25.5     ~ 84 0
2 RX J0720.4-3125 N* 07 20 24.961 -31 25 50.21   26.1   27.0   ~ 291 0
3 RX J1308.8+2127 N*? 13 08 48.7 +21 27 08   28.6 28.6     ~ 149 1
4 RX J1605.3+3249 N*? 16 05 18.9 +32 49 07     26.8     ~ 94 1
5 RX J1856.6-3754 Psr 18 56 35.11 -37 54 30.5     25.7     ~ 410 0

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