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Name 076405
Title Monitoring of Be X-ray binaries in the SMC


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ywrtawg
Author Dr Richard Sturm
Description The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) hosts an extraordinary high number of nearly
one hundred known high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs), 63 with known X-ray
pulsations, indicating the spin of the neutron star (NS). Since most Be/X-ray
binaries show strong X-ray outbursts, they were detected rather incidentally by
imaging X-ray instruments and the evolution of their high-energy emission during
outburst is still not known well. Within the field of view (FoV) of XMM-Newton
up to 14 known BeXRB pulsars in the SMC can be observed simultaneously. We
propose a monitoring with 14 observations over 52 days of a region with high
density of HMXBs in the SMC, to study the evolution of the X-ray spectrum and
the pulse profiles during outbursts with time and luminosity.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2015-10-26T03:31:34Z/2016-03-24T17:51:49Z
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 2017-04-06T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, Dr Richard Sturm, 2017, 076405, 17.56_20190403_1200, European Space Agency, https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ywrtawg