Long-term evolution, x-ray outburst and optical/infrared emission of SGR 0501+4516
Benli, Onur and Çalışkan, Şirin and Ertan, Ünal (2015) Long-term evolution, x-ray outburst and optical/infrared emission of SGR 0501+4516. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 447 (3). pp. 2282-2286. ISSN 0035-8711 (Print) 1365-2966 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stu2569
We have analysed the long-term evolution and the X-ray outburst light curve of SGR 0501+4516 in the fallback disc model. We have shown that the X-ray luminosity, period and period derivative of this typical soft gamma repeater can be achieved by a neutron star with a large range of initial disc masses provided that the source has a magnetic dipole field of similar to 1.4 x 10(12) G on the pole of the star. At present, the star is accreting matter from the disc, which has an age similar to 3 x 10(4) yr, and will remain in the accretion phase until t similar to 2-5 x 10(5) yr depending on the initial disc mass. With its current rotational rate, this source is not expected to give pulsed radio emission even if the accretion on to the star is hindered by some mechanism. The X-ray enhancement light curve of SGR 0501+4516 can be accounted for by the same model applied earlier to the X-ray enhancement light curves of other anomalous X-ray pulsars/soft gamma repeaters with the same basic disc parameters. We have further shown that the optical/infrared data of SGR 0501+4516 are in good agreement with the emission from an irradiated fallback disc with the properties consistent with our long-term evolution model.
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