The XMM-Newton survey of the small magellanic cloud: XMMUJ005011.2-730026 = SXP214, a Be/X-ray binary pulsar

Coe, M. J. and Haberl, F. and Sturm, R. and Pietsch, W. and Townsend, L. J. and Bartlett, E. S. and Filipovic, M. and Udalski, A. and Corbet, R. H. D. and Tiengo, A. and Ehle, M. and Payne, J. L. and Burton, D. (2011) The XMM-Newton survey of the small magellanic cloud: XMMUJ005011.2-730026 = SXP214, a Be/X-ray binary pulsar. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 414 (4). pp. 3281-3287. ISSN 0035-8711


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In the course of the XMM-Newton survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a region to the east of the emission nebula N19 was observed in November 2009. To search for new candidates for high mass X-ray binaries the EPIC PN and MOS data of the detected point sources were investigated and their spectral and temporal characteristics identified. A new transient (XMMUJ005011.2-730026= SXP214) with a pulse period of 214.05 s was discovered; the source had a hard X-ray spectrum with power-law index of ~0.65. The accurate X-ray source location permits the identification of the X-ray source with a ~15th magnitude Be star, thereby confirming this system as a new Be/X-ray binary.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Permanent restricted access to published version due to the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 09:21
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: stars; neutron; X-rays; binaries
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090904 Navigation and Position Fixing
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010301 Numerical Analysis
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020104 Galactic Astronomy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.18626.x

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