The JEM-X instrument detects strong flaring activity between 80 and 700 mCrab (3-25 keV). The average JEM-X spectrum is well described (reduced chi-squared is 1.1 for 11 degrees of freedom) by an absorbed black body plus power law (fixing the interstellar absorption, N_H, to 9e22 cm^-2, Natalucci et al. 2004, A&A 416, 699): kT = 1.6+/-0.1 keV and black-body luminosity of (3.8+/-0.3)e37 erg/s (at a distance of 9 kpc, Natalucci et al. 2000, ApJ, 543, L73), power-law index = 3.0+/-0.1 with power-law normalization of 9+/-2 photons/keV/cm^2/s at 1 keV. The total unabsorbed 3-25 keV flux is 7.4e-9 erg/cm^2/s.
Although at the position of SAX J1747.0-2853 we do not detect any emission with IBIS/ISGRI, the analysis is complicated in this region because of the nearby `blended' source 1E1743.1-2852 (see also ATel #3170). We, therefore, regard the emission seen in this region to be due to SAX J1747.0-2853, as it is the only active source as seen by the Swift/XRT (Atel #3163) and JEM-X. We find a flux of 15+/-2 mCrab, which is consistent with the steep JEM-X spectrum.
SAX J1747.0-2853 is also burst active; we detected a type I X-ray burst starting near UT 13 Feb 13:34 which lasted at least 2 min, and had a net-peak flux of about 700 mCrab (3-25 keV).
The high, soft flux and strong flaring is the first of its kind seen in the Galactic bulge monitoring program, since its start in February 2005 (ATel #438). The behaviour is, however, comparable to that seen in March 2004 with INTEGRAL (ATel #256, see also Tarana et al. 2008, PoS(Integral08)045), when the source was also bright and soft.
We note that SAX J1750.8-2900, reported to be active a few days earlier (ATel #3170), is not seen in our observations, with a 3 sigma upper limit of 11 mCrab in JEMX1 (3-10 keV) and 8 mCrab in ISGRI (20-40 keV).
We thank the ISDC for providing us the results of their quick look analysis, on which this ATel is partly based.
|Publication date||17 Feb 2011|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Feb 2011|
|Series||The Astronomer's telegram|
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