Discovery of 105 Hz coherent pulsations in the ultracompact binary IGR J16597-3704

Tiziana Di Salvo, Rosario Iaria, Altamirano, Riggio, Degenaar, Thomas Maccarone, Bozzo, Bahramian, Sanna, Wijnands, Sivakoff, Heinke, Burderi, Possenti, Papitto, D'Amico, Ferrigno, Burgay

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We report the discovery of X-ray pulsations at 105.2 Hz (9.5 ms) from the transient X-ray binary IGR J16597-3704 using NuSTAR and Swift. The source was discovered by INTEGRAL in the globular cluster NGC 6256 at a distance of 9.1 kpc. The X-ray pulsations show a clear Doppler modulation that implies an orbital period of â¼46 min and a projected semi-major axis of â¼5 lt-ms, which makes IGR J16597-3704 an ultracompact X-ray binary system. We estimated a minimum companion mass of 6.5 à 10-10Mâ, assuming a neutron star mass of 1.4 Mâ, and an inclination angle of <75° (suggested by the absence of eclipses or dips in its light curve). The broad-band energy spectrum of the source is well described by a disk blackbody component (kT â¼ 1.4 keV) plus a comptonised power-law with photon index â¼2.3 and an electron temperature of â¼30 keV. Radio pulsations from the source were unsuccessfully searched for with the Parkes Observatory.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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