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A Double-peaked Outburst of A 0535+26 Observed with INTEGRAL, RXTE, and Suzaku

By I. Caballero, K. Pottschmidt, D. M. Marcu, L. Barragan, C. Ferrigno, D. Klochkov, J.A. Zurita Heras, S. Suchy, J. Wilms, P. Kretschmar, A. Santangelo, I. Kreykenbohm, F. Fürst, R. Rothschild, R. Staubert, M. H. Finger, A. Camero-Arranz, K. Makishima, T. Enoto, W. Iwakiri and Y. Terada


5 pages, 4 figures, accepted for publication in ApJ LettersThe Be/X-ray binary A 0535+26 showed a normal (type I) outburst in 2009 August. It is the fourth in a series of normal outbursts associated with the periastron, but is unusual because it presented a double-peaked light curve. The two peaks reached a flux of ~450 mCrab in the 15-50 keV range. We present results of the timing and spectral analysis of INTEGRAL, RXTE, and Suzaku observations of the outburst. The energy-dependent pulse profiles and their evolution during the outburst are studied. No significant differences with respect to other normal outbursts are observed. The centroid energy of the fundamental cyclotron line shows no significant variation during the outburst. A spectral hardening with increasing luminosity is observed. We conclude that the source is accreting in the sub-critical regime. We discuss possible explanations for the double-peaked outburst

Topics: stars: magnetic field, pulsars: individual: A 0535+26, X-rays: stars, X-rays: binaries, [ PHYS.ASTR.HE ] Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph]/High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena [astro-ph.HE], [ SDU.ASTR.HE ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph]/High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena [astro-ph.HE]
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1088/2041-8205
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:in2p3-00903709v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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