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XMM-Newton observations of five INTEGRAL sources located towards the Scutum Arm

Abstract : Results are presented for XMM-Newton observations of five hard X-ray sources discovered by INTEGRAL in the direction of the Scutum Arm. Each source received gsim20 ks of effective exposure time. We provide refined X-ray positions for all five targets enabling us to pinpoint the most likely counterpart in optical/infrared archives. Spectral and timing information (much of which is provided for the first time) allow us to give a firm classification for IGR J18462-0223 and to offer tentative classifications for the others. For IGR J18462-0223, we discovered a coherent pulsation period of 997 ± 1 s, which we attribute to the spin of a neutron star in a highly obscured ($N_H$ =2 × 10$^{23}$cm$^{-2}$) high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB). This makes IGR J18462-0223 the seventh supergiant fast X-ray transient candidate with a confirmed pulsation period. IGR J18457+0244 is a highly absorbed ($N_H$ =8 × 10$^{23}$cm$^{-2}$) source in which the possible detection of an iron line suggests an active galactic nucleus (AGN) of type Sey-2 situated at z = 0.07(1). A periodic signal at 4.4 ks could be a quasi-periodic oscillation which would make IGR J18457+0244 one of a handful of AGNs in which such features have been claimed, but a slowly rotating neutron star in an HMXB cannot be ruled out. IGR J18482+0049 represents a new obscured HMXB candidate with $N_H$ =4 × 10$^{23}$ cm$^{-2}$. We tentatively propose that IGR J18532+0416 is either an AGN or a pulsar in an HMXB system. The X-ray spectral properties of IGR J18538-0102 are consistent with the AGN classification that has been proposed for this source.
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A. Bodaghee, J. A. Tomsick, J. Rodriguez. XMM-Newton observations of five INTEGRAL sources located towards the Scutum Arm. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2012, 753, pp.3. ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/753/1/3⟩. ⟨insu-03622111⟩



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