2011A&A...535A...9F


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2011A&A...535A...9F - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 535A, 9-9 (2011/11-1)

Study of the many fluorescent lines and the absorption variability in GX 301-2 with XMM-Newton.

FUERST F., SUCHY S., KREYKENBOHM I., BARRAGAN L., WILMS J., POTTSCHMIDT K., CABALLERO I., KRETSCHMAR P., FERRIGNO C. and ROTHSCHILD R.E.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present an in-depth study of the high mass X-ray binary (HMXB) GX 301-2 during its pre-periastron flare using data from the XMM-Newton satellite. The energy spectrum shows a power law continuum absorbed by a large equivalent hydrogen column on the order of 1024cm–2 and a prominent Fe Kα fluorescent emission line. Besides the Fe Kα line, evidence for Fe Kβ, Ni Kα, Ni Kβ, S Kα, Ar Kα, Ca Kα, and Cr Kα fluorescent lines is found. The observed line strengths are consistent with fluorescence in a cold absorber. This is the first time that Cr Kα is seen in emission in the X-ray spectrum of a HMXB. In addition to the modulation by the strong pulse period of ∼685s the source is highly variable and shows different states of activity. We perform time-resolved as well as pulse-to-pulse resolved spectroscopy to investigate differences between these states of activity. We find that fluorescent line fluxes are strongly variable and generally follow the overall flux. The NH value is variable by a factor of 2, but not correlated to continuum normalization. We find an interval of low flux in the light curve in which the pulsations cease almost completely, without any indication of an increasing absorption column. We investigate this dip in detail and argue that it is most likely that during the dip the accretion ceased and the afterglow of the fluorescent iron accounted for the main portion of the X-ray flux. A similar dip was found earlier in RXTE data, and we compare our findings to these results.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: neutron - accretion, accretion disks - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: individual: GX 301-2

Simbad objects: 8

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Number of rows : 8

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
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1 V* GP Vel HXB 09 02 06.8610736194 -40 33 16.896402010 6.85 7.37 6.87 6.31 6.05 B0.5Ia 1385 0
2 V* BP Cru HXB 12 26 37.5607088371 -62 46 13.259605389   12.70 10.66     B1.5Iaeq 614 0
3 IGR J16318-4848 HXB 16 31 48.3102815892 -48 49 00.664215918           ~ 158 0
4 V* V1033 Sco HXB 16 54 00.137 -39 50 44.90   15.20 14.2 16.14   F5IV 1742 1
5 2MASS J17251139-3616575 HXB 17 25 11.392 -36 16 57.53     14.30     B0-1Ia 111 2
6 V* V2116 Oph Sy* 17 32 02.1544831482 -24 44 44.125962969   20.78 18.4     M6IIIe 652 1
7 W 49b SNR 19 11 09.000 +09 06 24.00           ~ 408 1
8 NAME Cas A SNR 23 23 24.000 +58 48 54.00     14.30     ~ 2477 1

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