IGR J00234+6141: a new INTEGRAL source identified as an intermediate polar*
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2 INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Via Moiariello 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 APC, UMR 7164, University Denis Diderot, 2 place Jussieu, 75005 and LUTH, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France e-mail: email@example.com
4 INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale di Bologna, via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 June 2007
Context.Following an extensive survey of the galactic plane by the INTEGRAL satellite, new hard X-ray sources are discovered with a significant fraction of Cataclysmic Variables (CVs) among them.
Aims.We report here the identification of one of these hard X-ray sources, IGR J00234+6141, as an accreting magnetic white dwarf of intermediate polar type.
Methods.We analyse the high energy emission of the INTEGRAL source using all available data and provide complementary optical photometric and spectroscopic data obtained in August and October 2006, respectively.
Results.Based on a refined INTEGRAL position, we confirm the proposed optical identification. We clearly detect the presence of a 564 s periodic optical modulation that we identify as the rotation of the white dwarf. The analysis of the optical spectrum also demonstrates that the emission lines show a modulation in radial velocity with an orbital period of h.
Conclusions.The two periodicities indicate that IGR J00234+6141 is a magnetic CV of the intermediate polar type. This is one of the faintest and hardest sources of this type detected by INTEGRAL. This confirms earlier conclusions that intermediate polars contribute significantly to the population of galactic X-ray sources and represent a significant fraction of the high energy background.
Key words: stars: binaries: general / stars: individual: IGR J00234+6141 / stars: white dwarf / novae, cataclysmic variables / X-ray: binaries
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