|Title||Monitoring of Be X-ray binaries in the SMC|
|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|
|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.
|Publisher And Registrant||European Space Agency|
|Credit Guidelines||European Space Agency, 2017-04-06T22:00:00Z, 076405, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ywrtawg|