Volume 430, Number 1, January IV 2005
|Page(s)||245 - 253|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||12 January 2005|
The low X-ray state of LS 5039 / RX J1826.2-1450
CNRS / Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l'Université, 67000 Strasbourg, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Escuela Politécnica Superior, University of Alicante, Ap. 99, 03080 Alicante, Spain
Accepted: 31 August 2004
Recent XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of the high mass X-ray binary LS 5039 / RX J1826.2-1450 caught the source in a faint X-ray state. In contrast with previous RXTE observations, we fail to detect any evidence of iron line emission. We also fail to detect X-ray pulsations. The X-ray spectrum can be well fitted by a simple powerlaw, slightly harder than in previous observations, and does not require the presence of any additional disk or blackbody component. XMM-Newton data imply an X-ray photoelectric absorption ( cm-2) consistent with optical reddening, indicating that no strong local absorption occurs at the time of these observations. We discuss possible source emission mechanisms and hypotheses on the nature of the compact object, giving particular emphasis to the young pulsar scenario.
Key words: stars: individuals: LS 5039, RX J1826.2-1450 / X-rays: binaries
© ESO, 2005
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