We report on the serendipitous discovery of a new X-ray source, SAX J1802.7-2017, similar to22' away from the bright X-ray source GX 9+1, during a BeppoSAX observation of the latter source on 2001 September 16-20. SAX J1802.7-2017 remained undetected in the first 50 ks of observation; the source count rate in the following similar to300 ks ranged between 0.04 and 0.28 counts s(-1), corresponding to an averaged 0.1-10 keV flux of 3.6x10(-11) ergs cm(-2) s(-1). We performed a timing analysis and found that SAX J1802.7-2017 has a pulse period of 139.612 s, a projected semimajor axis of a(x) sin isimilar to70 lt-s, an orbital period of similar to4.6 days, and a mass function f(M)similar to17+/-5 M-circle dot. The new source is thus an accreting X-ray pulsar in a (possibly eclipsing) high-mass X-ray binary. The source was not detected by previous X-ray astronomy satellites, indicating that it is likely a transient system.

BeppoSAX serendipitous discovery of the X-ray pulsar SAX J1802.7-2017

BURDERI, LUCIANO;
2003

Abstract

We report on the serendipitous discovery of a new X-ray source, SAX J1802.7-2017, similar to22' away from the bright X-ray source GX 9+1, during a BeppoSAX observation of the latter source on 2001 September 16-20. SAX J1802.7-2017 remained undetected in the first 50 ks of observation; the source count rate in the following similar to300 ks ranged between 0.04 and 0.28 counts s(-1), corresponding to an averaged 0.1-10 keV flux of 3.6x10(-11) ergs cm(-2) s(-1). We performed a timing analysis and found that SAX J1802.7-2017 has a pulse period of 139.612 s, a projected semimajor axis of a(x) sin isimilar to70 lt-s, an orbital period of similar to4.6 days, and a mass function f(M)similar to17+/-5 M-circle dot. The new source is thus an accreting X-ray pulsar in a (possibly eclipsing) high-mass X-ray binary. The source was not detected by previous X-ray astronomy satellites, indicating that it is likely a transient system.
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