Physical properties of the AXP 4U 0142+61 from x-ray spectral analysis
Güver, Tolga and Özel, Feryal and Göğüş, Ersin (2008) Physical properties of the AXP 4U 0142+61 from x-ray spectral analysis. Astrophysical Journal, 675 (2). pp. 1499-1504. ISSN 0004-637x
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We analyze archival Chandra and XMM-Newton data of 4U 0142+61 within the context of the surface thermal emission and magnetospheric scattering model.We show that the 4U 0142+61 spectrum can be fit very well with this physical model that contains only four parameters. The system parameters can be tightly constrained from the fits, yielding a surface magnetic field strength of B ¼ (4:75 0:02) ; 1014 G, a surface temperature of kT ¼ 0:309 0:001 keV, and a scattering optical depth of a few in the magnetosphere. These values do not vary between observations due to the stability of the source within the window of the observations. The detailed fits yield 2 values that are statistically much better than the traditionally employed blackbody+power-law and two blackbody fits. The spectroscopically measured surface magnetic field strength is higher than, but within, the theoretical uncertainties of the value inferred from the dipole spin-down formula.
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