Swift monitoring of the new accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar IGR J17511-3057 in outburst

E. Bozzo, C. Ferrigno, M. Falanga, S. Campana, J. A. Kennea, A. Papitto

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Context: A new accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar, IGR J17511-3057, was discovered in outburst on 2009 September 12 during the INTEGRAL Galactic bulge monitoring programme. Aims: To study the evolution of the source X-ray flux and spectral properties during the outburst, we requested a Swift monitoring of IGRJ17511-3057. Methods: In this paper we report on the results of the first two weeks of monitoring the source. Results. The persistent emission of IGRJ17511-3057 during the outburst is modelled well with an absorbed blackbody (kT ∼ 0.9 keV) and a power-law component (Τ∼ 1-2), similar to what has been observed from other previously known millisecond pulsars. Swift also detected three type-I Xray bursts from this source. By assuming that the peak luminosity of these bursts is equal to the Eddington value for a pure helium type-I X-ray burst, we derived an upper limit to the source distance of ∼10 kpc. The theoretically expected recurrence time of the bursts according to the helium burst hypothesis is 0.2-0.9 days, in agreement with the observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL3
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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