Astrophys. J., 729, 131 (2011/March-2)
Chandra and RXTE observations of 1E 1547.0-5408: comparing the 2008 and 2009 outbursts.
NG C.-Y., KASPI V.M., DIB R., OLAUSEN S.A., SCHOLZ P., GUVER T., OZEL F., GAVRIIL F.P. and WOODS P.M.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present results from Chandra X-ray Observatory and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations of the magnetar 1E 1547.0-5408 (SGR J1550-5418) following the source's outbursts in 2008 October and 2009 January. During the time span of the Chandra observations, which covers days 4 through 23 and days 2 through 16 after the 2008 and 2009 events, respectively, the source spectral shape remained stable in the Chandra band, while the pulsar's spin-down rate in the same span in 2008 increased by a factor of 2.2 as measured by RXTE. This suggests decoupling between the source's spin-down and radiative changes, hence between the spin-down-inferred magnetic field strength and that inferred spectrally. The lack of spectral variation during flux decay is surprising for models of magnetar outbursts. We also found a strong anti-correlation between the phase-averaged flux and the pulsed fraction in the 2008 and 2009 Chandra data, but not in the pre-2008 measurements. We discuss these results in the context of the magnetar model.
pulsars: individual (1E 1547.0-5408, PSR J1550-5418, SGR J1550-5418) - stars: neutron - X-rays: bursts
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