NICER Observations of the 2018 Outburst of XTE J1810-197

Tolga Guver*, Ersin Gogus, Eda Vurgun, Teruaki Enoto, Keith C. Gendreau, Takanori Sakamoto, Eric V. Gotthelf, Zaven Arzoumanian, Sebastien Guillot, Gaurava K. Jaisawal, Christian Malacaria, Walid A. Majid

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    Abstract

    We present the earliest available soft X-ray observations of XTE J1810-197, the prototypical transient magnetar, obtained 75-84 days after its 2018 outburst with the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer. Using a series of observations covering eight days we find that its decreasing X-ray flux is well described by either a blackbody plus power law or a two-blackbody spectral model. The 2-10 keV flux of the source varied from (1.206 +/- 0.007) x 10-10 to (1.125 +/- 0.004) x 10-10 erg s-1 cm-2, a decrease of about 7% within our observations and 44% from that measured 7-14 days after the outburst with NuSTAR. We confirm that the pulsed fraction and spin pulse phase of the neutron star are energy dependent up to at least 8 keV. Phase-resolved spectroscopy of the pulsar suggests magnetospheric variations relative to the line of sight.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberL30
    JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
    Volume877
    Issue number2
    Number of pages6
    ISSN2041-8205
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Stars: magnetars
    • Stars: neutron
    • X-rays: stars

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