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|ASCA observation of the new transient X-Ray pulsar XTE J0111.2-7317 in the small magellanic cloud
|IOP Publishing Ltd
|Astrophysical Journal, 2000, Vol. 539, p191-196
|The new transient X-ray pulsar XTE J0111.2-7317 was observed with Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics (ASCA) on 1998 November 18, a few days after its discovery with the proportional counter array on board the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer. The source was detected at a flux level of 3.6×10-10 ergs cm-2 s-1 in the 0.7-10.0 keV band, which corresponds to the X-ray luminosity of 1.8×1038 ergs s-1, if a distance of 65 kpc for this pulsar in the Small Magellanic Cloud is assumed. Nearly sinusoidal pulsations with a period of 30.9497+/-0.0004 s were unambiguously detected during the ASCA observation. The pulsed fraction is low and slightly energy dependent with an average value of ~27%. The energy spectrum shows a large soft excess below ~2 keV when fitted to a simple power-law-type model. The soft excess is eliminated if the spectrum is fitted to an ``inversely broken power-law'' model, in which photon indices below and above a break energy of 1.5 keV are 2.3 and 0.8, respectively. The soft excess can also be described by a blackbody or a thermal bremsstrahlung when the spectrum above ~2 keV is modeled by a power law. In these models, however, the thermal soft component requires a very large emission zone, and hence it is difficult to explain the observed pulsations at energies below 2 keV. A bright state of the source enables us to identify a weak iron line feature at 6.4 keV with an equivalent width of 50+/-14 eV. Pulse phase-resolved spectroscopy revealed a slight hardening of the spectrum and marginal indication of an increase in the iron line strength during the pulse maximum.
|2000 The American Astronomical Society
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