Volume 436, Number 1, June II 2005
|Page(s)||313 - 316|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||20 May 2005|
High-energy pulse profile of the transient X-ray pulsar SAX J2103.5+4545
CEA Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique (CNRS FRE 2591), 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche ed Astronomiche, Università di Palermo, via Archirafi 36, 90123 Palermo, Italy
3 Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00040 Monteporzio Catone, Italy
Accepted: 26 February 2005
Two recent INTEGRAL papers report a timing and spectral analysis of the transient Be/X-ray pulsar SAX J2103.5+4545 at high energies (5–200 keV). In this work we present for the first time a study of the pulse profile at energies above 20 keV using INTEGRAL data. The spin-pulse profile shows a prominent (with a duty cycle of 14%) and broad (with a FWHM of ~51 s) peak and a secondary peak which becomes more evident above 20 keV. The pulsed fraction increases with energy from ~45% at 5–40 keV to ~80% at 40–80 keV. The morphology of the pulse profile also changes as a function of energy, consistent with variations in the spectral components that are visible in the pulse phase resolved spectra. A study of the double peaked profile shows that the difference in the two peaks can be modeled by a different scattering fraction between the radiation from the two magnetic poles.
Key words: binaries: close / pulsars: individual: SAX J2103.5+4545 / X-rays: binaries
© ESO, 2005
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