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Name 009282
Title XMM monitoring of PSR B1259-63 and its Be-star: A unique interacting system


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-un374c5
Author Dr Werner Becker
Description The aim of this proposal is to monitor the unique pulsar-Be-star system PSR 1259-63 at different orbital phases, mainly away from periastron where no data were collected so far at energies >2 keV. The binary orbit coverage and the high sensitivity of XMM will allow us to study in details the time and spectral variability of the X-ray emission with an unprecedented sensitivity. For the first time we will be able to discriminate the emission from the pulsar and the PSR-Be-star wind interaction. The high statistics of the collected data will be crucial to test theoretical models and to search for pulsed X-rays. Additional information on the Be-star optical emission will be provided by the OM during the observation.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2001-01-12T15:44:34Z/2003-07-17T14:19:00Z
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 2004-09-07T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2004-09-07T00:00:00Z, 009282, PPS_NOT_AVAILABLE. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-un374c5