Volume 570, October 2014
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||14 October 2014|
A ~100 mHz QPO in the X-ray emission from IGR J17361-4441
ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics, Chemin d’Écogia 16, 1290
2 Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (IEEC-CSIC), Campus UAB, Fac. de Ciències, Torre C5, parell, 2a planta, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
3 INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via E. Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate ( LC), Italy
Accepted: 23 September 2014
IGR J17361-4441 was discovered by INTEGRAL undergoing its first detectable X-ray outburst in 2011 and was initially classified as an accreting X-ray binary in the globular cluster NGC 6388. A reanalysis of the outburst data collected with INTEGRAL and Swift suggested that the enhanced X-ray emission from IGR J17361-4441 could have been caused by a rare tidal disruption event of a terrestrial-icy planet by a white dwarf. In this letter we report on the analysis of XMM-Newton data collected in 2011 during the outburst from IGR J17361-4441. Our analysis revealed the presence of a 100 mHz quasi-periodic oscillation in the X-ray emission from the source and confirmed the presence of a soft thermal component (kT~0.08 keV) in its spectrum. We discuss these findings in the context of the different possibilities proposed to explain the nature of IGR J17361-4441.
Key words: X-rays: individuals: IGR J17361-4441 / X-rays: binaries
© ESO, 2014
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