Discovery of the orbital period of swift J1626.6−5156
Baykal, Altan and Göğüş, Ersin and İnam, Sıtkı Çağdaş and Belloni, Tomaso (2009) Discovery of the orbital period of swift J1626.6−5156. (Submitted)
We present the discovery of the orbital period of Swift J1626.6−5156 . Since its discovery in 2005, the source has been monitored with Rossi X−ray Timing Explorer, especially during the early stage of the outburst and into the X−ray modulating episode. Using a data span of 700 days, we obtain the orbital period of the system as 132.9 days. We find that the orbit is close to a circular shape with an eccentricity 0.08, that is one of the smallest among Be/X−ray binary systems. Moreover, we find that the timescale of the X−ray modulations varied, which led to earlier suggestions of orbital periods at about a third and half of the orbital period of Swift J1626.6−5156 .
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