IXAE observations of the X-ray pulsar XTE J1946+274
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400 005, India
2 ISRO Satellite Centre, Airport Road, Vimanpura PO Bangalore 560 017, India
Corresponding author: B. Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 February 2001
We report results from two observations of the transient binary X-ray pulsar XTE J1946+274 with the Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE) made in September 18-30 1999 and June 28-July 7 2000. The pulsar has a ~80 days orbital period during which the X-ray intensity varies almost sinusoidally between intensity levels of 5 and 50 mCrab. The mid-time of the two observations with the IXAE are separated by an orbital phase of 0.56 and were in the decaying and rising parts of its orbital modulation, respectively. During both the observations, strong pulsations with 15.8 s period are detected in the 2-6 and 6-18 keV energy bands of IXAE. The pulse profiles in both the observations are double peaked and identical with a similar pulse fractions of ~30% in the two energy bands. The pulse periods and its local derivatives are obtained from the IXAE observations. The known pulse period history shows small deviations from an otherwise nearly constant spin-up trend of the pulsar since its discovery. If the measured local period derivatives are a sum of a nearly constant spin-up of the pulsar and effect of its orbital motion, it suggests that the orbit of this Be X-ray binary is eccentric. The RXTE-ASM light curve shows a continuous detection of 10 orbital modulation of the source since its discovery.
Key words: X-rays: stars / pulsars: individual: XTE J1946+274
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