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Title: Detecting emission lines with XMM-Newton in 4U 1538-52
Authors: Rodes-Roca, J. J.
Page, K. L.
Torrejon, J. M.
Osborne, J. P.
Bernabeu, G.
First Published: 22-Dec-2010
Publisher: EDP Sciences for European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Citation: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2011, 526
Abstract: Context. The properties of the X-ray emission lines are a fundamental tool for studying the nature of the matter surrounding the neutron star and the phenomena that produce these lines. Aims. The aim of this work is to analyse the X-ray spectrum of 4U 1538−52 obtained by the XMM-Newton observatory and to look for the presence of diagnostic lines in the energy range 0.3−11.5 keV. Methods. We used a 54 ks PN & MOS/XMM-Newton observation of the high-mass X-ray binary 4U 1538−52 covering the orbital phase between 0.75 to 1.00 (the eclipse ingress). We modelled the 0.3−11.5 keV continuum emission with three absorbed power laws and looked for the emission lines. Results. We found previously unreported recombination lines in this system at ~2.4 keV, ~1.9 keV, and ~1.3 keV, which is consistent with the presence of highly ionized states of S XV Heα, Si XIII Heα, and either Mg Kα or Mg XI Heα. On the other hand, in spectra that are both out of eclipse and in eclipse, we detect a fluorescence iron emission line at 6.4 keV, which is resolved into two components: a narrow (σ ≤ 10 eV) fluorescence Fe Kα line plus one hot line from highly photoionized Fe XXV. Conclusions. The detection of new recombination lines during eclipse ingress in 4U 1538−52 indicates that there is an extended ionized region surrounding the neutron star.
DOI Link: 10.1051/0004-6361/201014324
ISSN: 0004-6361
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2010 ESO. Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO.
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