Astrophys. J., 639, L71-L74 (2006/March-2)
Discovery of the X-ray counterpart to the rotating radio transient J1819-1458.
REYNOLDS S.P., BORKOWSKI K.J., GAENSLER B.M., REA N., McLAUGHLIN M., POSSENTI A., ISRAEL G., BURGAY M., CAMILO F., CHATTERJEE S., KRAMER M., LYNE A. and STAIRS I.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the discovery of the first X-ray counterpart to a Rotating RAdio Transient (RRAT) source. RRAT J1819-1458 is a relatively highly magnetized (B∼5x1013 G) member of a new class of unusual pulsar-like objects discovered by their bursting activity at radio wavelengths. A Chandra observation of that position revealed a pointlike source, CXOU J181934.1-145804, with a soft spectrum well fit by an absorbed blackbody with NH=7+7–4x1021/cm2, temperature kT=0.12±0.04 keV, and an unabsorbed flux of ∼2x10–12 ergs/cm2/s between 0.5 and 8 keV. No optical or infrared (IR) counterparts are visible within 1" of our X-ray position. The positional coincidence, spectral properties, and lack of an optical/IR counterpart make it highly likely that CXOU J181934.1-145804 is a neutron star and is the same object as RRAT J1819-1458. The source showed no variability on any timescale from the pulse period of 4.26 s up to the 5 day window covered by the observations, although our limits (especially for pulsations) are not particularly constraining. The X-ray properties of CXOU J181934.1-145804, while not yet measured to high precision, are similar to those of comparably aged radio pulsars and are consistent with thermal emission from a cooling neutron star.
pulsars: individual (J1819-1458) - Radio Continuum: Stars - Stars: Flare - Stars: Neutron - X-Rays: Stars
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