Volume 366, Number 1, January IV 2001
|Page(s)||138 - 145|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||15 January 2001|
Simultaneous BeppoSAX and RXTE observations of the X-ray burst sources GX 3+1 and Ser X-1
Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department of ESA, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2 Centre d'Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements, CNRS/UPS, 9 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 04, France
3 XMM-Newton SOC, VILSPA, ESA, Apartado 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
4 Astronomical Institute, "Anton Pannekoek,"University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: T. Oosterbroek, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 October 2000
We have obtained spectral and timing data on GX 3+1 and Ser X-1. Both sources were observed simultaneously with BeppoSAX and RXTE. The RXTE data is used to provide power spectra and colour-colour diagrams in order to constrain the state (and thus track ) the sources are in. The BeppoSAX data provide the broad-band spectra. The spectra of both sources are reasonably well-fit using a model consisting of a disk-blackbody, a comptonized component and a Fe line, absorbed by interstellar absorption. The electron temperature (kTe) of the Comptonizing plasma is in both cases ∼2.5 keV. This implies that no strong high-energy tail from the Comptonized component is present in either of the sources. We discuss the similarities between these burst sources and the luminous X-ray sources located in globular clusters. We find that the spectral parameters of the comptonized component provide information about the mass-accretion rate, which agrees well with estimates from the timing and spectral variations.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / stars: GX 3+1, Ser X-1 / stars: neutron / X-rays: bursts / X-rays: general
© ESO, 2001
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