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Name 080505
Title The slowly rotating magnetar in RCW103 recovering after its 2016 outburst
URL

http://nxsa.esac.esa.int/nxsa-sl/servlet/data-action-aio?obsno=0805050101

DOI 10.5270/esa-ii3y6af
Author Dr Andrea De Luca
Description 1E 1613-5055 (1E), the point-like X-ray source at the center of the RCW103 supernova remnant, defied for more than a decade any interpretation because of its puzzling phenomenology, featuring a 6.67 hour periodicity, a dramatic long-term variability, coupled to a young age and to the lack of any optical-NIR counterpart. On 2016, June, 1E underwent a new outburst, emitting a millisecond burst of hard X-rays, coupled to a factor 100 brightening in the persistent soft X-ray emission. A non- thermal emission component extending up to 30 keV was also detected. These new observations strongly suggest that 1E is an isolated magnetar, with and extremely slow spin period. We ask for a new 50 ks observation with EPIC to characterize the phenomenology of this unique source while recovering from its recent outburst.
Publication Long X-ray flares from the central source in RCW 103. XMM-Newton and VLT observations in the aftermath of the 2016 outburst . Esposito, P., De Luca, A., et all. . A&A . 626-19 . 2019 . 2019A&A...626A..19E ,
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2018-02-14T00:30:36Z/2018-02-14T18:00:36Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2019-03-02T23:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2019-03-02T23:00:00Z, 080505, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ii3y6af