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Name 006494
Title XMM Study of the 401Hz Accreting Pulsar SAX J1808.4-3658 in Quiescence


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-uyxc8iy
Author Dr Luigi Stella
Description We propose to carry out the first detailed study of the quiescent state of 401Hz pulsar in the soft X-ray transient SAX J1808.4-3658. A recent BeppoSAX observation has detected the source at a quiescent level of 10+33 ergs s-1. The proposed observations will address a number of crucial issues that this unique source can help answering with unprecedented accuracy. These include: (i) the characteristics and origin of the quiescent X-ray emission; (ii) the presence of coherent pulsations in the quiescent state; (iii) the physical regime that characterises the quiescent state, i.e. the propeller vs radio pulsar regime, the possible r^ance of the neutron star cooling, the presence of an ADAF. The XMM instrumentation is ideally suited for this a study.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2001-03-24T00:02:53Z/2001-03-24T11:01:42Z
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 2002-06-11T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2002-06-11T00:00:00Z, 006494, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-uyxc8iy