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Title: Probing Clumpy Wind Accretion in IGR J18027-2016 with XMM-Newton
Authors: Pradhan, Pragati
Bozzo, E.
Paul, Biswajit
+2 Co-Authors
Keywords: pulsars: individual: IGR J18027-2016
X-rays: binaries
Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2019
Publisher: IOP Sciences for The American Astronomical Society
Citation: The Astrophysical Journal, 2019, Vol.883, p116
Abstract: Supergiant X-ray binaries usually comprise a neutron star accreting from the wind of an OB supergiant companion. They are classified as classical systems and supergiant fast X-ray transients (SFXTs). The different behavior of these subclasses of sources in X-rays, with SFXTs displaying much more pronounced variability, is usually (at least) partly ascribed to different physical properties of the massive star clumpy stellar wind. In the case of SFXTs, a systematic investigation of the effects of clumps on flares/outbursts of these sources has been reported by Bozzo et al. exploiting the capabilities of the instruments on board XMM-Newton to perform a hardness-resolved spectral analysis on timescales as short as a few hundreds of seconds. In this paper, we use six XMM-Newton observations of IGR J18027-2016 to extend the above study to a classical supergiant X-ray binary and compare the findings with those derived in the case of SFXTs. As these observations of IGR J18027-2016 span different orbital phases, we also study its X-ray spectral variability on longer timescales and compare our results with previous publications. Although obtaining measurements of the clump physical properties from X-ray observations of accreting supergiant X-ray binaries has already proven to be challenging, our study shows that similar imprints of clumps are found in the X-ray observations of the SFXTs and at least one classical system, i.e., IGR J18027-2016. This provides interesting perspectives to further extend this study to many XMM-Newton observations already performed in the direction of other classical supergiant X-ray binaries.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0004-637X
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Copyright: 2019, The American Astronomical Society
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