Volume 420, Number 2, June III 2004
|Page(s)||589 - 594|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||28 May 2004|
XMM-Newton observations of the INTEGRAL X-ray transient IGR J17544-2619
XMM-Newton Science Operation Centre, ESA, VILSPA, PO Box 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
2 INTEGRAL Science Operations Centre, Science Operations and Data Systems Division, Research and Scientific Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3 Astrophysics Missions Division, Research and Scientific Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: R. González-Riestra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 February 2004
On September 17, 2003 INTEGRAL discovered a bright transient source 3° from the Galactic Center, IGR J17544-2619. The field containing the transient was observed by XMM-Newton on March 17 and September 11 and 17, 2003. A bright source, at a position consistent with the INTEGRAL location, was detected by the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) during both September observations with mean 0.5-10 keV unabsorbed luminosities of and erg s-1 for an (assumed) distance of 8 kpc. The source was not detected in March 2003, with a 0.5-10 keV luminosity of < erg s-1. The September 11 and 17 EPIC spectra can be represented by a power-law model with photon indices of and , respectively. Thus, the 0.5-10 keV spectrum hardens with increasing intensity. The low-energy absorption during both September observations is comparable to the interstellar value. The X-ray lightcurves for both September observations show energy dependent flaring which may be modeled by changes in either low-energy absorption or power-law index.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / X-rays: individuals: IGR J17544-2619 / stars: neutron / X-rays: binaries
© ESO, 2004
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