X-ray enhancement and long-term evolution of swift J1822.3-1606
Benli, Onur and Çalışkan, Şirin and Ertan, Ünal and Alpar, M. Ali and Trümper, J. E. and Kylafis, N. D. (2013) X-ray enhancement and long-term evolution of swift J1822.3-1606. Astrophysical Journal, 778 (2). ISSN 0004-637X (Print) 1538-4357 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/778/2/119
We investigate the X-ray enhancement and the long-term evolution of the recently discovered second "low-B magnetar" Swift J1822.3-1606 in the frame of the fallback disk model. During a soft gamma burst episode, the inner disk matter is pushed back to larger radii, forming a density gradient at the inner disk. Subsequent relaxation of the inner disk could account for the observed X-ray enhancement light curve of Swift J1822.3-1606. We obtain model fits to the X-ray data with basic disk parameters similar to those employed to explain the X-ray outburst light curves of other anomalous X-ray pulsars and soft gamma repeaters. The long period (8.4 s) of the neutron star can be reached by the effect of the disk torques in the long-term accretion phase ((1-3) x 10(5) yr). The currently ongoing X-ray enhancement could be due to a transient accretion epoch, or the source could still be in the accretion phase in quiescence. Considering these different possibilities, we determine the model curves that could represent the long-term rotational and the X-ray luminosity evolution of Swift J1822.3-1606, which constrain the strength of the magnetic dipole field to the range of (1-2) x 10(12) G on the surface of the neutron star.
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