Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 473, 3180-3184 (2018)
VLT observations of the magnetar CXO J164710.2-455216 and the detection of a candidate infrared counterpart.
TESTA V., MIGNANI R.P., HUMMEL W., REA N. and ISRAEL G.L.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present deep observations of the field of the magnetar CXO J164710.2-455216 in the star cluster Westerlund 1, obtained in the near-infrared with the adaptive optics camera We detected a possible candidate counterpart at the Chandra position of the magnetar, of magnitudes J = 23.5 ± 0.2, H = 21.0 ± 0.1 and KS = 20.4 ± 0.1. The KS-band measurements available for two epochs (2006 and 2013) do not show significant signs of variability but only a marginal indication that the flux varied (at the 2σ level), consistent with the fact that the observations were taken when CXO J164710.2-455216 was in quiescence. At the same time, we also present colour-magnitude and colour-colour diagrams in the J, H and KS bands from the 2006 epoch only, the only one with observations in all three bands, showing that the candidate counterpart lies in the main bulk of objects describing a relatively well-defined sequence. Therefore, based on its colours and lack of variability, we cannot yet associate the candidate counterpart to CXO J164710.2-455216. Future near-infrared observations of the field, following up a source outburst, would be crucial to confirm the association with the detection of near-infrared variability and colour evolution.
© 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
stars: neutron - pulsars: individual: CXO J164710.2-455216
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