Volume 492, Number 1, December II 2008
|Page(s)||163 - 166|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||15 October 2008|
IGR J18483–0311: a new intermediate supergiant fast X-ray transient*
Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM – CNRS – Université Paris Diderot, Irfu/Service d'Astrophysique, Bât. 709, CEA/Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France e-mail: [frahoui;chaty]@cea.fr
2 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Córdova 3107, Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
Accepted: 8 September 2008
Context. IGR J18483-0311 is a high-mass X-ray binary recently discovered by INTEGRAL. Its periodic fast X-ray transient activity and its position in the Corbet diagram – although uncertain – led to the conclusion that the source was probably a Be/X-ray binary (BeXB), even if a supergiant fast X-ray transient (SFXT) nature could not be excluded.
Aims. We aimed at identifying the companion star of IGR J18483-0311 and discriminate between a BeXB and a SFXT nature for this source.
Methods. Optical and near-infrared photometry, as well as near-infrared spectroscopy of the companion star were performed to identify its spectral type. We also assembled and fitted its broad-band spectral energy distribution to derive its physical parameters.
Results. We show that the companion star of IGR J18483-0311 is an early-B supergiant, probably a B0.5a, and that its distance is about 3-4 kpc.
Conclusions. The early-B supergiant nature of its companion star, as well as its fast X-ray transient activity indicate that IGR J18483-0311 has an SFXT nature. Nevertheless, the long duration and the periodicity of its outbursts, as well as its high level of quiescence, are consistent with IGR J18483-0311 being an intermediate SFXT, in-between classical supergiant X-ray binaries (SGXBs) characterised by small and circular orbits, and classical SFXTs with large and eccentric orbits.
Key words: infrared: stars / X-rays: binaries / stars: individual: IGR J18483-0311 / binaries: general / supergiants / stars: fundamental parameters
© ESO, 2008
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