Discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emission from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 around periastron with Fermi

A. A. Abdo, M. Ackermann, M. Ajello, A. Allafort, J. Ballet, G. Barbiellini, D. Bastieri, K. Bechtol, R. Bellazzini, B. Berenji, R. D. Blandford, E. Bonamente, A. W. Borgland, J. Bregeon, M. Brigida, P. Bruel, R. Buehler, S. Buson, G. A. Caliandro, R. A. CameronF. Camilo, P. A. Caraveo, C. Cecchi, E. Charles, S. Chaty, A. Chekhtman, M. Chernyakova, C. C. Cheung, J. Chiang, S. Ciprini, R. Claus, J. Cohen-Tanugi, L. R. Cominsky, S. Corbel, S. Cutini, F. D'Ammando, A. De Angelis, P. R. Den Hartog, F. De Palma, C. D. Dermer, S. W. Digel, E. Do Couto E Silva, M. Dormody, P. S. Drell, A. Drlica-Wagner, R. Dubois, G. Dubus, D. Dumora, T. Enoto, C. M. Espinoza, C. Favuzzi, S. J. Fegan, E. C. Ferrara, W. B. Focke, P. Fortin, Y. Fukazawa, S. Funk, P. Fusco, F. Gargano, D. Gasparrini, N. Gehrels, S. Germani, N. Giglietto, P. Giommi, F. Giordano, M. Giroletti, T. Glanzman, G. Godfrey, I. A. Grenier, M. H. Grondin, J. E. Grove, E. Grundstrom, S. Guiriec, C. Gwon, D. Hadasch, A. K. Harding, M. Hayashida, E. Hays, G. Jóhannesson, A. S. Johnson, T. J. Johnson, S. Johnston, T. Kamae, H. Katagiri, Jun Kataoka, M. Keith, M. Kerr, J. Knödlseder, M. Kramer, M. Kuss, J. Lande, S. H. Lee, M. Lemoine-Goumard, F. Longo, F. Loparco, M. N. Lovellette, P. Lubrano, R. N. Manchester, M. Marelli, M. N. Mazziotta, P. F. Michelson, W. Mitthumsiri, T. Mizuno, A. A. Moiseev, C. Monte, M. E. Monzani, A. Morselli, I. V. Moskalenko, S. Murgia, T. Nakamori, M. Naumann-Godo, A. Neronov, P. L. Nolan, J. P. Norris, A. Noutsos, E. Nuss, T. Ohsugi, A. Okumura, N. Omodei, E. Orlando, D. Paneque, D. Parent, M. Pesce-Rollins, M. Pierbattista, F. Piron, T. A. Porter, A. Possenti, S. Rainò, R. Rando, P. S. Ray, M. Razzano, S. Razzaque, A. Reimer, O. Reimer, T. Reposeur, S. Ritz, H. F W Sadrozinski, J. D. Scargle, C. Sgrò, R. Shannon, E. J. Siskind, P. D. Smith, G. Spandre, P. Spinelli, M. S. Strickman, D. J. Suson, H. Takahashi, T. Tanaka, J. G. Thayer, J. B. Thayer, D. J. Thompson, S. E. Thorsett, L. Tibaldo, O. Tibolla, D. F. Torres, G. Tosti, E. Troja, Y. Uchiyama, T. L. Usher, J. Vandenbroucke, V. Vasileiou, G. Vianello, V. Vitale, A. P. Waite, P. Wang, B. L. Winer, M. T. Wolff, D. L. Wood, K. S. Wood, Z. Yang, M. Ziegler, S. Zimmer

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    We report on the discovery of ≥100MeV γ-rays from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board Fermi. The system comprises a radio pulsar in orbit around a Be star. We report on LAT observations from near apastron to ∼128 days after the time of periastron, ∼tp , on 2010 December 15. No γ-ray emission was detected from this source when it was far from periastron. Faint γ-ray emission appeared as the pulsar approached periastron. At ∼tp + 30 days, the ≥100MeV γ-ray flux increased over a period of a few days to a peak flux 20-30 times that seen during the pre-periastron period, but with a softer spectrum. For the following month, it was seen to be variable on daily timescales, but remained at ∼(1-4) × 10-6 cm-2 s-1 before starting to fade at ∼tp + 57 days. The total γ-ray luminosity observed during this period is comparable to the spin-down power of the pulsar. Simultaneous radio and X-ray observations of the source showed no corresponding dramatic changes in radio and X-ray flux between the pre-periastron and post-periastron flares. We discuss possible explanations for the observed γ-ray-only flaring of the source.

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    Article numberL11
    JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
    Volume736
    Issue number1
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    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 20

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    Discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emission from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 around periastron with Fermi. / Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Allafort, A.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Bastieri, D.; Bechtol, K.; Bellazzini, R.; Berenji, B.; Blandford, R. D.; Bonamente, E.; Borgland, A. W.; Bregeon, J.; Brigida, M.; Bruel, P.; Buehler, R.; Buson, S.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Camilo, F.; Caraveo, P. A.; Cecchi, C.; Charles, E.; Chaty, S.; Chekhtman, A.; Chernyakova, M.; Cheung, C. C.; Chiang, J.; Ciprini, S.; Claus, R.; Cohen-Tanugi, J.; Cominsky, L. R.; Corbel, S.; Cutini, S.; D'Ammando, F.; De Angelis, A.; Den Hartog, P. R.; De Palma, F.; Dermer, C. D.; Digel, S. W.; Do Couto E Silva, E.; Dormody, M.; Drell, P. S.; Drlica-Wagner, A.; Dubois, R.; Dubus, G.; Dumora, D.; Enoto, T.; Espinoza, C. M.; Favuzzi, C.; Fegan, S. J.; Ferrara, E. C.; Focke, W. B.; Fortin, P.; Fukazawa, Y.; Funk, S.; Fusco, P.; Gargano, F.; Gasparrini, D.; Gehrels, N.; Germani, S.; Giglietto, N.; Giommi, P.; Giordano, F.; Giroletti, M.; Glanzman, T.; Godfrey, G.; Grenier, I. A.; Grondin, M. H.; Grove, J. E.; Grundstrom, E.; Guiriec, S.; Gwon, C.; Hadasch, D.; Harding, A. K.; Hayashida, M.; Hays, E.; Jóhannesson, G.; Johnson, A. S.; Johnson, T. J.; Johnston, S.; Kamae, T.; Katagiri, H.; Kataoka, Jun; Keith, M.; Kerr, M.; Knödlseder, J.; Kramer, M.; Kuss, M.; Lande, J.; Lee, S. H.; Lemoine-Goumard, M.; Longo, F.; Loparco, F.; Lovellette, M. N.; Lubrano, P.; Manchester, R. N.; Marelli, M.; Mazziotta, M. N.; Michelson, P. F.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Mizuno, T.; Moiseev, A. A.; Monte, C.; Monzani, M. E.; Morselli, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Murgia, S.; Nakamori, T.; Naumann-Godo, M.; Neronov, A.; Nolan, P. L.; Norris, J. P.; Noutsos, A.; Nuss, E.; Ohsugi, T.; Okumura, A.; Omodei, N.; Orlando, E.; Paneque, D.; Parent, D.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Pierbattista, M.; Piron, F.; Porter, T. A.; Possenti, A.; Rainò, S.; Rando, R.; Ray, P. S.; Razzano, M.; Razzaque, S.; Reimer, A.; Reimer, O.; Reposeur, T.; Ritz, S.; Sadrozinski, H. F W; Scargle, J. D.; Sgrò, C.; Shannon, R.; Siskind, E. J.; Smith, P. D.; Spandre, G.; Spinelli, P.; Strickman, M. S.; Suson, D. J.; Takahashi, H.; Tanaka, T.; Thayer, J. G.; Thayer, J. B.; Thompson, D. J.; Thorsett, S. E.; Tibaldo, L.; Tibolla, O.; Torres, D. F.; Tosti, G.; Troja, E.; Uchiyama, Y.; Usher, T. L.; Vandenbroucke, J.; Vasileiou, V.; Vianello, G.; Vitale, V.; Waite, A. P.; Wang, P.; Winer, B. L.; Wolff, M. T.; Wood, D. L.; Wood, K. S.; Yang, Z.; Ziegler, M.; Zimmer, S.

    In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 736, No. 1, L11, 20.07.2011.

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    Abdo, AA, Ackermann, M, Ajello, M, Allafort, A, Ballet, J, Barbiellini, G, Bastieri, D, Bechtol, K, Bellazzini, R, Berenji, B, Blandford, RD, Bonamente, E, Borgland, AW, Bregeon, J, Brigida, M, Bruel, P, Buehler, R, Buson, S, Caliandro, GA, Cameron, RA, Camilo, F, Caraveo, PA, Cecchi, C, Charles, E, Chaty, S, Chekhtman, A, Chernyakova, M, Cheung, CC, Chiang, J, Ciprini, S, Claus, R, Cohen-Tanugi, J, Cominsky, LR, Corbel, S, Cutini, S, D'Ammando, F, De Angelis, A, Den Hartog, PR, De Palma, F, Dermer, CD, Digel, SW, Do Couto E Silva, E, Dormody, M, Drell, PS, Drlica-Wagner, A, Dubois, R, Dubus, G, Dumora, D, Enoto, T, Espinoza, CM, Favuzzi, C, Fegan, SJ, Ferrara, EC, Focke, WB, Fortin, P, Fukazawa, Y, Funk, S, Fusco, P, Gargano, F, Gasparrini, D, Gehrels, N, Germani, S, Giglietto, N, Giommi, P, Giordano, F, Giroletti, M, Glanzman, T, Godfrey, G, Grenier, IA, Grondin, MH, Grove, JE, Grundstrom, E, Guiriec, S, Gwon, C, Hadasch, D, Harding, AK, Hayashida, M, Hays, E, Jóhannesson, G, Johnson, AS, Johnson, TJ, Johnston, S, Kamae, T, Katagiri, H, Kataoka, J, Keith, M, Kerr, M, Knödlseder, J, Kramer, M, Kuss, M, Lande, J, Lee, SH, Lemoine-Goumard, M, Longo, F, Loparco, F, Lovellette, MN, Lubrano, P, Manchester, RN, Marelli, M, Mazziotta, MN, Michelson, PF, Mitthumsiri, W, Mizuno, T, Moiseev, AA, Monte, C, Monzani, ME, Morselli, A, Moskalenko, IV, Murgia, S, Nakamori, T, Naumann-Godo, M, Neronov, A, Nolan, PL, Norris, JP, Noutsos, A, Nuss, E, Ohsugi, T, Okumura, A, Omodei, N, Orlando, E, Paneque, D, Parent, D, Pesce-Rollins, M, Pierbattista, M, Piron, F, Porter, TA, Possenti, A, Rainò, S, Rando, R, Ray, PS, Razzano, M, Razzaque, S, Reimer, A, Reimer, O, Reposeur, T, Ritz, S, Sadrozinski, HFW, Scargle, JD, Sgrò, C, Shannon, R, Siskind, EJ, Smith, PD, Spandre, G, Spinelli, P, Strickman, MS, Suson, DJ, Takahashi, H, Tanaka, T, Thayer, JG, Thayer, JB, Thompson, DJ, Thorsett, SE, Tibaldo, L, Tibolla, O, Torres, DF, Tosti, G, Troja, E, Uchiyama, Y, Usher, TL, Vandenbroucke, J, Vasileiou, V, Vianello, G, Vitale, V, Waite, AP, Wang, P, Winer, BL, Wolff, MT, Wood, DL, Wood, KS, Yang, Z, Ziegler, M & Zimmer, S 2011, 'Discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emission from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 around periastron with Fermi', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 736, no. 1, L11. https://doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/736/1/L11
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    AU - Ballet, J.

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    AU - Bellazzini, R.

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    AU - Bonamente, E.

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    AU - Bregeon, J.

    AU - Brigida, M.

    AU - Bruel, P.

    AU - Buehler, R.

    AU - Buson, S.

    AU - Caliandro, G. A.

    AU - Cameron, R. A.

    AU - Camilo, F.

    AU - Caraveo, P. A.

    AU - Cecchi, C.

    AU - Charles, E.

    AU - Chaty, S.

    AU - Chekhtman, A.

    AU - Chernyakova, M.

    AU - Cheung, C. C.

    AU - Chiang, J.

    AU - Ciprini, S.

    AU - Claus, R.

    AU - Cohen-Tanugi, J.

    AU - Cominsky, L. R.

    AU - Corbel, S.

    AU - Cutini, S.

    AU - D'Ammando, F.

    AU - De Angelis, A.

    AU - Den Hartog, P. R.

    AU - De Palma, F.

    AU - Dermer, C. D.

    AU - Digel, S. W.

    AU - Do Couto E Silva, E.

    AU - Dormody, M.

    AU - Drell, P. S.

    AU - Drlica-Wagner, A.

    AU - Dubois, R.

    AU - Dubus, G.

    AU - Dumora, D.

    AU - Enoto, T.

    AU - Espinoza, C. M.

    AU - Favuzzi, C.

    AU - Fegan, S. J.

    AU - Ferrara, E. C.

    AU - Focke, W. B.

    AU - Fortin, P.

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    AU - Funk, S.

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    AU - Gargano, F.

    AU - Gasparrini, D.

    AU - Gehrels, N.

    AU - Germani, S.

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    AU - Grenier, I. A.

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    AU - Grove, J. E.

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    AU - Guiriec, S.

    AU - Gwon, C.

    AU - Hadasch, D.

    AU - Harding, A. K.

    AU - Hayashida, M.

    AU - Hays, E.

    AU - Jóhannesson, G.

    AU - Johnson, A. S.

    AU - Johnson, T. J.

    AU - Johnston, S.

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    AU - Kuss, M.

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    AU - Lee, S. H.

    AU - Lemoine-Goumard, M.

    AU - Longo, F.

    AU - Loparco, F.

    AU - Lovellette, M. N.

    AU - Lubrano, P.

    AU - Manchester, R. N.

    AU - Marelli, M.

    AU - Mazziotta, M. N.

    AU - Michelson, P. F.

    AU - Mitthumsiri, W.

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    AU - Moiseev, A. A.

    AU - Monte, C.

    AU - Monzani, M. E.

    AU - Morselli, A.

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    AU - Murgia, S.

    AU - Nakamori, T.

    AU - Naumann-Godo, M.

    AU - Neronov, A.

    AU - Nolan, P. L.

    AU - Norris, J. P.

    AU - Noutsos, A.

    AU - Nuss, E.

    AU - Ohsugi, T.

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    AU - Omodei, N.

    AU - Orlando, E.

    AU - Paneque, D.

    AU - Parent, D.

    AU - Pesce-Rollins, M.

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    PY - 2011/7/20

    Y1 - 2011/7/20

    N2 - We report on the discovery of ≥100MeV γ-rays from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board Fermi. The system comprises a radio pulsar in orbit around a Be star. We report on LAT observations from near apastron to ∼128 days after the time of periastron, ∼tp , on 2010 December 15. No γ-ray emission was detected from this source when it was far from periastron. Faint γ-ray emission appeared as the pulsar approached periastron. At ∼tp + 30 days, the ≥100MeV γ-ray flux increased over a period of a few days to a peak flux 20-30 times that seen during the pre-periastron period, but with a softer spectrum. For the following month, it was seen to be variable on daily timescales, but remained at ∼(1-4) × 10-6 cm-2 s-1 before starting to fade at ∼tp + 57 days. The total γ-ray luminosity observed during this period is comparable to the spin-down power of the pulsar. Simultaneous radio and X-ray observations of the source showed no corresponding dramatic changes in radio and X-ray flux between the pre-periastron and post-periastron flares. We discuss possible explanations for the observed γ-ray-only flaring of the source.

    AB - We report on the discovery of ≥100MeV γ-rays from the binary system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board Fermi. The system comprises a radio pulsar in orbit around a Be star. We report on LAT observations from near apastron to ∼128 days after the time of periastron, ∼tp , on 2010 December 15. No γ-ray emission was detected from this source when it was far from periastron. Faint γ-ray emission appeared as the pulsar approached periastron. At ∼tp + 30 days, the ≥100MeV γ-ray flux increased over a period of a few days to a peak flux 20-30 times that seen during the pre-periastron period, but with a softer spectrum. For the following month, it was seen to be variable on daily timescales, but remained at ∼(1-4) × 10-6 cm-2 s-1 before starting to fade at ∼tp + 57 days. The total γ-ray luminosity observed during this period is comparable to the spin-down power of the pulsar. Simultaneous radio and X-ray observations of the source showed no corresponding dramatic changes in radio and X-ray flux between the pre-periastron and post-periastron flares. We discuss possible explanations for the observed γ-ray-only flaring of the source.

    KW - binaries: eclipsing

    KW - gamma rays: stars

    KW - pulsars: individual (PSR B1259-63)

    KW - X-rays: binaries

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    U2 - 10.1088/2041-8205/736/1/L11

    DO - 10.1088/2041-8205/736/1/L11

    M3 - Article

    AN - SCOPUS:79960927295

    VL - 736

    JO - Astrophysical Journal Letters

    JF - Astrophysical Journal Letters

    SN - 2041-8205

    IS - 1

    M1 - L11

    ER -