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    Discovery of a Peculiar Dip from GX 301-2

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    We present temporal and spectral properties of a unique X-ray dip in GX 301-2 as seen with Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer in May 2010. The X-ray pulsation from the source gradually declined prior to the dip, disappears for one spin cycle during the dip and is abruptly restored in the spin cycle immediately after the dip. Moreover, the phase-integrated spectrum of the source becomes softer before and during the dip and it quickly hardens again following the dip. Our findings indicate the fact that the mechanism for pulsations gradually turned off briefly and underlying dim and softer emission likely from the accretion column became observable in the brief absence of high level emission due to wind accretion.Comment: Accepted for publication in A&A Letter

    Discovery of a Peculiar Dip from GX 301-2

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    We present temporal and spectral properties of a unique X-ray dip in GX 301-2 as seen with Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer in May 2010. The X-ray pulsation from the source gradually declined prior to the dip, disappears for one spin cycle during the dip and is abruptly restored in the spin cycle immediately after the dip. Moreover, the phase-integrated spectrum of the source becomes softer before and during the dip and it quickly hardens again following the dip. Our findings indicate the fact that the mechanism for pulsations gradually turned off briefly and underlying dim and softer emission likely from the accretion column became observable in the brief absence of high level emission due to wind accretion.Comment: Accepted for publication in A&A Letter

    Discovery of a Cyclotron Resonance Scattering Feature in the X-ray Spectrum of XTE J1946+274

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    Observations of the transient accreting pulsar XTE J1946+274 made with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer during the course of the 1998 September-November outburst, reveal a cyclotron resonance scattering feature (or "cyclotron line") in the hard X-ray spectrum near 35 keV. We determine a centroid energy of 36.2 +0.5/-0.7 keV, which implies a magnetic field strength of 3.1(1+z)x10^12 G, where z is the gravitational redshift of the scattering region. The optical depth, Tau = 0.33 +0.07/-0.06, and width, sigma = 3.37 +0.92/-0.75 keV, are typical of known cyclotron lines in other pulsars. This discovery makes XTE J1946+274 one of thirteen pulsars with securely detected cyclotron lines resulting in direct magnetic field measurements.Comment: Five pages including four postscript figures and two tables. Uses emulateapj5. Published in ApJ Letters: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=2001ApJ...563L..35

    XMM-Newton Observations of the Be/X-ray transient A0538-66 in quiescence

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    We present XMM-Newton observations of the recurrent Be/X-ray transient A0538-66, situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, in the quiescent state. Despite a very low luminosity state of (5-8)E33 ergs/s in the range 0.3-10 keV, the source is clearly detected up to ~8 keV. and can be fitted using either a power law with photon index alpha=1.9+-0.3 or a bremsstrahlung spectrum with kT=3.9+3.9-1.7 keV. The spectral analysis confirms that the off-state spectrum is hard without requiring any soft component, contrary to the majority of neutron stars observed in quiescence up to now.Comment: Accepted for proceedings of 5th INTEGRAL Worksho

    INTEGRAL observation of the high-mass X-ray transient V 0332+53 during the 2005 outburst decline

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    The decline of the high mass X-ray transient V 0332+53 during the Dec. 2004 to Feb. 2005 outburst is analysed from the data recorded by INTEGRAL. The flux is shown to decrease exponentially until 2005 Feb. 10, with a decay time scale of ‚ąľ30 days above 20 keV and ‚ąľ20 days at lower energies, and to decrease linearly thereafter. The energy spectrum is well modelled throughout the decay by a power law with a folding energy of ‚ąľ7.5 keV, and with two cyclotron absorption features. The folding energy does not vary significantly over the decay, but the spectrum becomes harder with time. Most importantly, we show that the parameters describing the fundamental cyclotron line around 27 keV do vary with time: its energy and depth increase (by about 17% for the energy in ‚ąľ6 weeks), while its width decreases. These changes of the cyclotron line parameters are interpreted as resulting from a change in the extent of the cyclotron scattering region. Two quasi-periodic oscillations are also observed at various times during the observations, one at 0.05 Hz and another one near the pulsation frequency around 0.23 Hz

    Evidence for a Neutron Star in the non-pulsating massive X-ray binary 4U2206+54

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    We present an analysis of archival RXTE and BeppoSAX data of the X-ray source 4U2206+54 . For the first time, high energy data (> 30 kev) are analyzed for this source. The data are well described by comptonization models (CompTT and BMC) in which seed photons with temperatures between 1.1 kev and 1.5 kev are comptonized by a hot plasma at 50 kev thereby producing a hard tail which extends up to, at least, 100 kev. We offer a new method of identification of neutron star systems using a temperature - luminosity relation. If a given X-ray source is characterized by a low bolometric luminosity and a relatively high color blackbody temperature (>1 kev) it has necessarily to be a neutron star rather than a black hole. From these arguments it is shown that the area of the soft photon source must be small (r ~ 1 km) and that the accretion disk, if present, must be truncated very far from the compact object. Here we report on the possible existence of a cyclotron line around 30 kev. The presence of a neutron star in the system is strongly favored by the available data.Comment: Accepted for publication in A&A. 9 pages, 7 figures. Submitted to journal in November 200

    Discovery of a Cyclotron Resonant Scattering Feature in the RXTE Spectrum of 4U 0352+309 (X Per)

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    We have discovered a ~29 keV Cyclotron Resonant Scattering Feature (CRSF) in the X-Ray spectrum of 4U 0352+309 (X Per) using observations taken with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer. 4U 0352+309 is a persistent low luminosity (L_x = 4.2x10^34 ergs/s) X-ray pulsar, with a 837 s period and which accretes material from the Be star X Per. The X-Ray spectrum, unusual when compared to brighter accreting pulsars, may be due to the low mass accretion rate and could be typical of the new class of persistent low luminosity Be/X-Ray binary pulsars. We attempted spectral fits with continuum models used historically for 4U 0352+309, and found that all were improved by the addition of a CRSF at ~29 keV. The model that best fit the observations is a combination of a 1.45+/-0.02 keV blackbody with a 5.4x10^8 cm^2 area, and a power-law with a 1.83+/-0.03 photon index modified by the CRSF. In these fits the CRSF energy is 28.6+1.5-1.7 keV, implying a magnetic field strength of 2.5(1+z)x10^12 G in the scattering region (where z is the gravitational redshift). Phase resolved analysis shows that the blackbody and cyclotron line energies are consistent with being constant through the pulse.Comment: 34 pages, 6 figures, 3 tables, Accepted by Ap

    Disappearing Pulses in Vela X-1

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    We present results from a 20 h RXTE observation of Vela X-1, ncluding a peculiar low state of a few hours duration, during which the pulsation of the X-ray emission ceased, while significant non-pulsed emission remained. This ``quiescent state'' was preceded by a ``normal state'' without any unusual signs and followed by a ``high state'' of several hours of increased activity with strong, flaring pulsations. while there is clear spectral evolution from the normal state to the low state, the spectra of the following high state are surprisingly similar to those of the low state.Comment: 5 pages, 5 figures, Proceedings of the 5th Compton Symposium, AIP, in pres

    4U 1909+07: a well-hidden pearl

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    We present the first detailed spectral and timing analysis of the High Mass X-ray Binary (HMXB) 4U 1909+07 with INTEGRAL and RXTE. 4U 1909+07 is detected in the ISGRI 20-40 keV energy band with an average countrate of 2.6 cps. The pulse period of ~604 sec is not stable, but changing erratically on timescales of years. The pulse profile is strongly energy dependent: it shows a double peaked structure at low energies, the secondary pulse decreases rapidly with increasing energy and above 20 keV only the primary pulse is visible. This evolution is consistent between PCA, HEXTE, and ISGRI. The phase averaged spectrum can be well described by the sum of a photoabsorbed power law with a cutoff at high energies and a blackbody component. To investigate the pulse profile, we performed phase resolved spectral analysis. We find that the changing spectrum can be best described with a variation of the folding energy. We rule out a correlation between the black body component and the continuum variation and discuss possible accretion geometries.Comment: 9 pages, 11 figures, accepted for publication in A&A Sect.
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