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Title: The accretion rate independence of horizontal branch oscillation in XTE J1701-462

We study the temporal and energy spectral properties of the unique neutron star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1701-462. Assuming the horizontal branch/normal branch (HB/NB) vertex as a reference position of the accretion rate, the horizontal branch oscillation (HBO) of the HB/NB vertex is roughly 50 Hz. It indicates that the HBO is independent of the accretion rate or the source intensity. The spectral analysis shows R{sub in}∝ M-dot {sub Disk}{sup 2.9±0.09} in the HB/NB vertex and R{sub in}∝ M-dot {sub Disk}{sup 1.7±0.06} in the NB/flaring branch (FB) vertex, which implies that different accretion rates may be produced in the HB/NB and NB/FB vertex. The Comptonization component could be fitted by a constrained broken power law or nthComp. Unlike GX 17+2, the frequencies of HBO positively correlate with the inner disk radius, which contradict with the prediction of the Lense-Thirring precession model. XTE J1701-462, both in the Cyg-like phase and in the Sco-like phase, follows a positive correlation between the break frequency of broadband noise and the characteristic frequency of HBO, which is called the W-K relation. An anticorrelation between the frequency of HBO and photon energy is observed. Moreover, the rms of HBO increases with photon energy until ∼10 keV.more » We discuss the possible origin of HBO from the corona in XTE J1701-462.« less
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)
  2. Laboratory for Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS, Beijing 100049 (China)
  3. School of Physics and State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22356929
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 786; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BINARY STARS; CORRELATIONS; COSMIC X-RAY SOURCES; FORECASTING; KEV RANGE; MASS; NEUTRON STARS; NEUTRONS; OSCILLATIONS; PHOTONS; PRECESSION; X RADIATION