Astrophys. J., 829, 30-30 (2016/September-3)
Tracing the lowest propeller line in Magellanic high-mass X-ray binaries.
CHRISTODOULOU D.M., LAYCOCK S.G.T., YANG J. and FINGERMAN S.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have combined the published observations of high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds with a new processing of the complete archival data sets from the XMM-Newton and Chandra observatories in an attempt to trace the lowest propeller line below which accretion to polar caps is inhibited by the centrifugal force and the pulsations from the most weakly magnetized pulsars cease. Previously published data reveal that some of the faster-spinning pulsars with spin periods of P_S < 12 s, detected at relatively low X-ray luminosities L_X, appear to define such a line in the PS–LX diagram, characterized by a magnetic moment of µ=3 x 10^29 G cm^3. This value implies the presence of surface magnetic fields of B >= 3 x 10^11 G in the compact objects of this class. Only a few quiescent HMXBs are found below the propeller line: LXP4.40 and SXP4.78, for which XMM-Newton and Chandra null detections respectively placed firm upper limits on their X-ray fluxes in deep quiescence; and A0538-66, for which many sub-Eddington detections have never measured any pulsations. On the other hand, the data from the XMM-Newton and Chandra archives show clearly that, during routine observation cycles, several sources have been detected below the propeller line in extremely faint, nonpulsating states that can be understood as the result of weak magnetospheric emission when accretion to the poles is centrifugally stalled or severely diminished. We also pay attention to the anomalous X-ray pulsar CXOU J010043.1-721134 that was reported in HMXB surveys. Its pulsations and locations near and above the propeller line indicate that this pulsar could be accreting from a fossil disk.
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accretion, accretion disks - Magellanic Clouds - stars: magnetic field - stars: neutron - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: binaries
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