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Name 030214
Title The isolated neutron star RX J1605.3+3249: Is it a pulsar?


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-2tu6ppj
Author Dr Frank Haberl
Description From archival XMM-Newton data of the isolated neutron star RX J1605.3+3249 we found a candidate period for the star.s rotation of 6.88 s. We propose three 20 ksec observations to confirm this. The observations will also allow to verify the existence of a narrow absorption line at 0.58 keV in the RGS spectrum reported by van Kerkwijk et al. (2004). If both, the suggested spin period and the narrow absorption line can be confirmed, RX J1605.3+3249 becomes the best potential candidate among the ROSAT discovered isolated neutron stars with thermal X-ray spectrum to measure both its mass and radius. This would yield important constraints on the equation of state of matter in neutron stars.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2006-02-08T00:46:03Z/2006-02-16T06:20:11Z
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 2007-07-11T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2007-07-11T00:00:00Z, 030214, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-2tu6ppj