A multi-wavelength study of SXP 1062, the long period X-ray pulsar associated with a supernova remnant
A. Gonzalez-Galan, L. M. Oskinova, S. B. Popov, F. Haberl, M. Kuehnel, J. S. Gallagher III, M. P. E. Schurch, M. A. Guerrero
SXP 1062 is a Be X-ray binary located in the Small Magellanic Cloud. It hosts a long-period X-ray pulsar and is likely associated with the supernova remnant MCSNR J0127-7332. In this work we present a multi-wavelength view on SXP 1062 in different luminosity regimes. The data set analyzed in this paper consists of optical OGLE photometric data, an X-ray monitoring campaign with SWIFT, XMM-Newton observations during quiescence of the source, Chandra observations following an X-ray outburst, as well as optical spectroscopy using the RSS/SALT telescope obtained nearly simultaneously with the Chandra observations. During this campaign we observed a tight coincidence of an X-ray and an optical outburst, i.e., a typical Type I outburst as often detected in Be X-ray binaries at periastron passage of the neutron star. To explain the results of our multi-wavelength campaign we propose a simple scenario where the disc of the Be star is observed face-on, while the orbit of the neutron star is inclined with respect to the disc. According to the model of quasi-spherical settling accretion our estimation of the magnetic field of the pulsar in SXP 1062 does not require an extremely strong magnetic field at the present time.The full article is available as PDF file via anonymous ftp.
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