1E 1740.7-2942 (the Great Annihilator) enters a low-intensity state

E. Kuulkers*, C. Ferrigno, M. Del Santo, A. Bazzano, J. Alfonso-Garzon, V. Beckmann, J. Bird, S. Brandt, J. Chenevez, T. J.-L. Courvoisier, A. Domingo, K. Eibsawa, P. G. Jonker, P. Kretschmar, C. B. Markwardt, T. Oosterbroek, A. Paizis, K. Pottschmidt, C. Sanchez-Fernandez, R. Wijnands

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Abstract

INTEGRAL has been monitoring the Galactic center region since the beginning of August 2012 during the Galactic bulge (GB) monitoring program (see ATel #438), the Target of Opportunity observations of Swift J174510.8-262411 (see ATel #4450), as well as during other observing programs. During the GB monitoring observations taken on UT 2012 October 6, 16:15-21:01, the flux of the black-hole candidate 1E 1740.7-2942, also known as the Great Annihilator, was below the GB monitoring detection limits of both ISGRI (~11 mCrab, 3 sigma, 18-40 keV) and JEM-X (~6 mCrab, 3 sigma, 3-10 keV). Analysis of the available INTEGRAL data of the region from August 31 to October 8 shows that the intensity averaged over an INTEGRAL satellite orbit (~3 days) has been declining from 47 +/- 1 (53 +/- 2) mCrab to 14 +/- 2 (13 +/- 2) mCrab in the 20-40 (40-80) keV band. The Swift/BAT 15-50 keV Hard X-ray Transient Monitor results confirm these findings. Over the same period, the intensity in the 3-10 (10-20 keV) band declined more erratically from 13 +/- 2 (25 +/- 3) mCrab to 9 +/- 3 (4 +/- 4) mCrab. The source clearly softened over the above time period. Such low-intensity states are not uncommon in this system, and, over the last decade, have occurred in 2002 (ATel #94), 2004 (ATel #257, Del Santo et al. 2005, A&A 433, 613), 2006 and 2007 (see http://integral.esac.esa.int/BULGE/SOURCES/1E_1740.7-2942/1E_1740.7-2942.html : INTEGRAL, http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/swift/results/transient/weak/1E1740.7-2942/ : Swift/BAT). They can last for months. We encourage observations at all wavelengths. Swift observations have been requested and approved.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date9 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2012
SeriesThe Astronomer's telegram
NumberATel #4471

Keywords

  • X-ray
  • Binary
  • Black hole
  • Variables

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