Clocked bursts from GS 1826-238

Cocchi, M.; Bazzano, A.; Natalucci, L.; Ubertini, P.; Heise, J.; in’t Zand, J. J. M.; Muller, J. M.; Smith, M. J. S.
April 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 510 Issue 1, p203
Academic Journal
We report on the long term monitoring of the GINGA transient source GS 1826-238 performed with the BeppoSAX Wide Field Camera (WFC) instrument, during four different observing campaigns covering October 1996–September 1999. WFC detection of type-I bursting activity from the source ruled out its proposed Black Hole candidacy and clearly suggested the compact object related to GS 1826-238 to be a weakly magnetized neutron star. The analysis of the arrival times of the observed 78 bursts lead to the discovery of a recurrence of ∼5.75 hours with a spread of 38 minutes (FWHM) along more than 3 years monitoring data [15]. We performed a more detailed analysis of the whole available data, and evidence of shortening of the recurrence time, together with a drastic narrowing in the spread (down to a few minutes) was observed on a one year time scale. Possible relation with the source X-ray persistent emission is discussed. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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