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Titolo: Timing an accreting millisecond pulsar: Measuring the accretion torque in IGR J00291+5934
Data di pubblicazione: 2007
Abstract: We performed a timing analysis of the fastest accreting millisecond pulsar IGR J00291+5934 using RXTE data taken during the outburst of 2004 December. We corrected the arrival times of all the events for the orbital ( Doppler) effects and performed a timing analysis of the resulting phase delays. In this way we are able to study, for the first time in this class of sources, the spin-up of a millisecond pulsar as a consequence of accretion torques during the X-ray outburst. The accretion torque gives us for the first time an independent estimate of the mass accretion rate onto the neutron star, which can be compared with the observed X-ray luminosity. We also report a revised value of the spin period of the pulsar.
Tipologia:1.1 Articolo in rivista

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