We report on the main results obtained thanks to an observation campaign with XMM-Newton of four persistent, low-luminosity (L_{X} ˜ 10^{34} erg s^{-1}) and long-period (P > 200 s) Be accreting pulsars. We found that all sources considered here are characterized by a spectral excess that can be described with a blackbody component of high temperature (kT_{BB} > 1 keV) and small area (R_{BB} < 0.5 km). We show that: 1) this feature is a common property of several low-luminosity X-ray binaries; 2) for most sources the blackbody parameters (radius and temperature) are within a narrow range of values; 3) it can be interpreted as emission from the NS polar caps.

The Hot-blackbody Spectral Excess in Low-luminosity High-Mass X-Ray Binaries

Tiengo A;Esposito P.
2013

Abstract

We report on the main results obtained thanks to an observation campaign with XMM-Newton of four persistent, low-luminosity (L_{X} ˜ 10^{34} erg s^{-1}) and long-period (P > 200 s) Be accreting pulsars. We found that all sources considered here are characterized by a spectral excess that can be described with a blackbody component of high temperature (kT_{BB} > 1 keV) and small area (R_{BB} < 0.5 km). We show that: 1) this feature is a common property of several low-luminosity X-ray binaries; 2) for most sources the blackbody parameters (radius and temperature) are within a narrow range of values; 3) it can be interpreted as emission from the NS polar caps.
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