X-ray observations of the new unusual magnetar swift J1834.9-0846
Kargaltsev, Oleg and Kouveliotou, Chryssa and Pavlov, George G. and Göğüş, Ersin and Lin, Lin and Wachter, Stefanie and Griffith, Roger L. and Kaneko Göğüş, Yuki and Younes, George (2012) X-ray observations of the new unusual magnetar swift J1834.9-0846. Astrophysical Journal, 748 (1). ISSN 0004-637X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/748/1/26
We present X-ray observations of the new transient magnetar Swift J1834.9-0846, discovered with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope on 2011 August 7. The data were obtained with Swift, Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), CXO, and XMM-Newton both before and after the outburst. Timing analysis reveals single peak pulsations with a period of 2.4823 s and an unusually high pulsed fraction, 85% +/- 10%. Using the RXTE and CXO data, we estimated the period derivative, (P) over dot = 8 x 10(-12) s s(-1), and confirmed the high magnetic field of the source, B = 1.4 x 10(14) G. The decay of the persistent X-ray flux, spanning 48 days, is consistent with a power law, F proportional to t(-0.5). In the CXO/Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer image, we find that the highly absorbed point source is surrounded by extended emission, which most likely is a dust scattering halo. Swift J1834.9-0846 is located near the center of the radio supernova remnant W41 and TeV source HESS J1834-087. An association with W41 would imply a source distance of about 4 kpc; however, any relation to the HESS source remains unclear, given the presence of several other candidate counterparts for the latter source in the field. Our search for an IR counterpart of Swift J1834.9-0846 revealed no source down to K-s similar to 19.5 within the 0 ''.6 CXO error circle.
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