Chandra monitoring of the candidate anomalous X-ray pulsar AX J1845.0-0258

  • Cindy R. Tam
  • Victoria M. Kaspi
  • Bryan M. Gaensler
  • Eric V. Gotthelf
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Abstract

The population of clearly identified anomalous X-ray pulsars has recently grown to seven, however, one candidate anomalous X-ray pulsar (AXP) still eludes re-confirmation. Here, we present a set of seven Chandra ACIS-S observations of the transient pulsar AX J1845.0-0258, obtained during 2003. Our observations reveal a faint X-ray point source within the ASCA error circle of AX J1845.0-0258’s discovery, which we designate CXOU J184454.6-025653 and tentatively identify as the quiescent AXP. Its spectrum is well described by an absorbed single-component blackbody (kT∼2.0 keV) or power law (Γ∼1.0) that is steady in flux on timescales of at least months, but fainter than AX J1845.0-0258 was during its 1993 period of X-ray enhancement by at least a factor of 13. Compared to the outburst spectrum of AX J1845.0-0258, CXOU J184454.6-025653 is considerably harder: if truly the counterpart, then its spectral behavior is contrary to that seen in the established transient AXP XTE J1810-197, which softened from kT∼0.67 keV to ∼0.18 keV in quiescence. This unexpected result prompts us to examine the possibility that we have observed an unrelated source, and we discuss the implications for AXPs, and magnetars in general.

Keywords

Pulsar AXP Neutron star Magnetar AX J1845.0-0258 

PACS

97.60.Gb 97.60.Jd 95.85.Nv 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cindy R. Tam
    • 1
  • Victoria M. Kaspi
    • 1
  • Bryan M. Gaensler
    • 2
  • Eric V. Gotthelf
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Rutherford Physics BuildingMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Columbia Astrophysics LaboratoryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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