Volume 616, August 2018
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||27 August 2018|
Letter to the Editor
XMM-Newton detection of the 2.1 ms coherent pulsations from IGR J17379–3747
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, SP Monserrato-Sestu km 0.7, 09042 Monserrato, Italy
2 ISDC, Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva, Chemin d’Écogia 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
3 INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Via di Frascati 33, 00044 Monteporzio Catone (Roma), Italy
4 Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, via Archirafi 36, 90123 Palermo, Italy
5 INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari, Via della Scienza 5, 09047 Selargius (CA), Italy
Accepted: 19 July 2018
We report the detection of X-ray pulsations at 2.1 ms from the known X-ray burster IGR J17379–3747 using XMM-Newton. The coherent signal shows a clear Doppler modulation from which we estimate an orbital period of ~1.9 h and a projected semi-major axis of ~8 lt-ms. Taking into account the lack of eclipses (inclination angle of <75°) and assuming a neutron star mass of 1.4 M⊙, we have estimated a minimum companion star of ~0.06 M⊙. Considerations on the probability distribution of the binary inclination angle make the hypothesis of a main-sequence companion star less likely. On the other hand, the close correspondence with the orbital parameters of the accreting millisecond pulsar SAX J1808.4–3658 suggests the presence of a bloated brown dwarf. The energy spectrum of the source is well described by a soft disk black-body component (kT ~ 0.45 keV) plus a Comptonisation spectrum with photon index ~1.9. No sign of emission lines or reflection components are significantly detected. Finally, combining the source ephemerides estimated from the observed outbursts, we obtained a first constraint on the long-term orbital evolution of the order of Ṗorb = (−2.5 ± 2.3) × 10−12 s s−1.
Key words: binaries: general / stars: neutron / X-rays: binaries / accretion, accretion disks
© ESO 2018
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