Volume 515, June 2010
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||10 June 2010|
Letter to the Editor
RXTE observations of the 1A 1118–61 in an outburst, and the discovery of a cyclotron line
Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 University of California, San Diego CASS, M/C 0424 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0424, USA
3 Dr. Karl Remeis-Sternwarte, Sternwartstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, Germany
4 Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP), Erwin-Rommel-Strasse 1, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
5 CRESST and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Astrophysics Science Division, Code 661, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
6 CSST, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
Accepted: 10 May 2010
We present the analysis of RXTE monitoring data obtained during the 2009 January outburst of the hard X-ray transient 1A 1118–61. Using these observations the broadband (3.5–120 keV) spectrum of the source was measured for the first time ever. We have found that the broadband continuum spectrum of the source is similar to other accreting pulsars and is well described by several conventionally used phenomenological models. We have discovered that regardless of the applied continuum model, a prominent broad absorption feature at ~55 keV is observed. We interpret this feature as a cyclotron resonance scattering feature (CRSF). The observed CRSF energy is one of the highest known and corresponds to a magnetic field of B ~ 4.8 × 1012 G in the scattering region. Our data also indicate the presence of an iron emission line presence that has not been previously reported for 1A 1118–61. Timing properties of the source, including a strong spin-up, were found to be similar to those observed by CGRO/BATSE during the previous outburst, but the broadband capabilities of RXTE reveal a more complicated energy dependency of the pulse-profile.
Key words: stars: neutron / pulsars: individual: 1A 1118–61 / binaries: general
© ESO, 2010
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