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Fermi/LAT observations of LS 5039
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2009 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, ISSN 05717248, Vol. 706, no 1, L56-L61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The first results from observations of the high-mass X-ray binary LS 5039 using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope data between 2008 August and 2009 June are presented. Our results indicate variability that is consistent with the binary period, with the emission being modulated with a period of 3.903 ± 0.005 days; the first detection of this modulation at GeV energies. The light curve is characterized by a broad peak around superior conjunction in agreement with inverse Compton scattering models. The spectrum is represented by a power law with an exponential cutoff, yielding an overall flux (100 MeV-300 GeV) of 4.9 ± 0.5(stat) ± 1.8(syst) ×10–7 photon cm–2 s–1, with a cutoff at 2.1 ± 0.3(stat) ± 1.1(syst) GeV and photon index Γ = 1.9 ± 0.1(stat) ± 0.3(syst). The spectrum is observed to vary with orbital phase, specifically between inferior and superior conjunction. We suggest that the presence of a cutoff in the spectrum may be indicative of magnetospheric emission similar to the emission seen in many pulsars by Fermi.

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2009. Vol. 706, no 1, L56-L61 p.
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binaries: close, gamma rays: observations, stars: variables: other, X-rays: binaries, X-rays: individual: LS 5039
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33753DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/706/1/L56ISI: 000271533200012ISBN: 0004-637X OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-33753DiVA: diva2:283716
Available from: 2009-12-30 Created: 2009-12-28 Last updated: 2011-02-15Bibliographically approved

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