SWIFT J1756.9−2508: spectral and timing properties of its 2018 outburst

Tiziana Di Salvo, Rosario Iaria, Simona Michela Mazzola, Angelo Francesco Gambino, Riggio, Bozzo, Pintore, Sanna, Burderi, Papitto, Ferrigno

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Abstract

We discuss the spectral and timing properties of the accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar SWIFT J1756.9-2508 observed by XMM-Newton, NICER, and NuSTAR during the X-ray outburst occurred in April 2018. The spectral properties of the source are consistent with a hard state dominated at high energies by a non-thermal power-law component with a cut-off at similar to 70 keV. No evidence of iron emission lines or reflection humps has been found. From the coherent timing analysis of the pulse profiles, we derived an updated set of orbital ephemerides. Combining the parameters measured from the three outbursts shown by the source in the last similar to 11 yr, we investigated the secular evolution of the spin frequency and the orbital period. We estimated a neutron magnetic field of 3.1 x 10(8) < B-PC < 4.5 x 10(8) G and measured an orbital period derivative of -4.1 x 10(-12) < P-orb< 7.1 x 10(-12) s s(-1).We also studied the energy dependence of the pulse profile by characterizing the behaviour of the pulse fractional amplitude in the energy range 0.3-80 keV. These results are compared with those obtained from the previous outbursts of SWIFT J1756.9-2508 and other previously known accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1658-1666
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume481
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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