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2016MNRAS.458.3523M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 458, 3523-3527 (2016/June-1)

Discovery of spin-up in the X-ray pulsar companion of the hot subdwarf HD 49798.

MEREGHETTI S., PINTORE F., ESPOSITO P., LA PALOMBARA N., TIENGO A., ISRAEL G.L. and STELLA L.

Abstract (from CDS):

The hot subdwarf HD 49798 has an X-ray emitting compact companion with a spin-period of 13.2 s and a dynamically measured mass of 1.28±0.05 M, consistent with either a neutron star or a white dwarf. Using all the available XMM-Newton and Swift observations of this source, we could perform a phase-connected timing analysis extending back to the ROSAT data obtained in 1992. We found that the pulsar is spinning up at a rate of (2.15±0.05) x 10–15 s/s. This result is best interpreted in terms of a neutron star accreting from the wind of its subdwarf companion, although the remarkably steady period derivative over more than 20 yr is unusual in wind-accreting neutron stars. The possibility that the compact object is a massive white dwarf accreting through a disc cannot be excluded, but it requires a larger distance and/or properties of the stellar wind of HD 49798 different from those derived from the modelling of its optical/UV spectra.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): stars: neutron - subdwarfs - white dwarfs - X-rays: binaries

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