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Name 074159
Title The nature of the newly discovered transient X-ray binary Swift J1910.2-0546


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-s06hapg
Author Dr Nathalie Degenaar
Description Swift J1910.2-0546 is a newly discovered transient X-ray binary that exhibited a virgul1 yr long outburst in 2012-2013. Elucidating the nature of the compact primary is of crucial importance for interpreting intriguing phenomena observed during its outburst. To this end, we request a 50 ks XMM-Newton observation now that the source resides in quiescence. Given the long duration of the outburst, a neutron star would reveal itself through the detection of relatively bright (Lxvirgul1E32-1E33 erg-s) and (predominantly) thermal emission. In contrast, a black hole would show a significantly harder, non-thermal X-ray spectrum and a luminosity that is likely much weaker (Lx<1E32 erg-s). The low column density and relative proximity of the source will allow a detection down to LxvirgulE31 erg-s (0.5-10 keV).
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2014-10-05T16:59:25Z/2014-10-06T10:29:25Z
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 2015-10-23T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2015-10-23T22:00:00Z, 074159, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-s06hapg