On the quest of BeX-ray transients: how do highly magnetized neutron stars cool?

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

We aim to study the cooling emission of highly magnetized neutron stars in Be/Xray binaries. For this, we need to increase our sample with high-quality post-outburst spectra. We require the flexibility of Swift to monitor the behavior of the next potential target, and the exceptional sensitivity and large effective area of XMM-Newton to study the low X-ray luminosity regime of the source. These new observations will provide key additional data to i) better constrain the temporal evolution of the crust temperature in highly magnetized accreting NSs, and ii) use the observed cooling curves as input into our 2D crust cooling model which incorporates magnetic fields. This is required to understand the role of such magnetic fields on the crust heating/cooling scenario of accreting NSs
StatusActive
Effective start/end date3/16/223/15/23

Funding

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (80NSSC22K0799)

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