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Preprint D/05


A large spin-up rate measured with INTEGRAL in the High Mass X-ray Binary Pulsar SAXJ2103.5+4545

L. Sidoli (1), S. Mereghetti (1), S. Larsson (2), M. Chernyakova (3), I. Kreykenbohm (4,3), P. Kretschmar (5,3), A. Paizis (1,3), A. Santangelo (4), C. Ferrigno (6), M. Falanga (7)

(1) IASF/INAF, Milano, Italy
(2) Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, Sweden
(3) INTEGRAL Science Data Center, Versoix, Switzerland
(4) IAAT, Tübingen, Germany
(5) ESA, Villafranca, Spain
(6) IASF/INAF, Palermo, Italy
(7) CEA Saclay, France

To be published in: A&A

Abstract. The High Mass X-ray Binary Pulsar SAXJ2103.5+4545 has been observed with INTEGRAL several times during the last outburst in 2002-2004. We report a comprehensive study of all INTEGRAL observations, allowing a study of the pulse period evolution during the recent outburst. We measured a very rapid spin-up episode, lasting 130days, which decreased the pulse period by 1.8s. The spin-up rate, pdot=-1.5e-7 s/s, is the largest ever measured for SAXJ2103.5+4545, and it is among the fastest for an accreting pulsar. The pulse profile shows evidence for temporal variability, apparently not related to the source flux or to the orbital phase. The X-ray spectrum is hard and there is significant emission up to 150keV. A new derivation of the orbital period, based on RXTE data, is also reported.

Key words: stars: individual: SAX J2103.5+4545 - X-rays: binaries - stars: neutron - Accretion, accretion disk


astro-ph/0505532


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