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Classifying IGR J18007-4146 as an intermediate polar using XMM and NuSTAR

Abstract : Many new and unidentified Galactic sources have recently been revealed by ongoing hard X-ray surveys. A significant fraction of these have been shown to be the type of accreting white dwarfs known as cataclysmic variables (CVs). Follow-up observations are often required to categorize and classify these sources, and may also identify potentially unique or interesting cases. One such case is IGR J18007-4146, which is likely a CV based on follow-up Chandra observations and constraints from optical/IR catalogues. Utilizing simultaneous XMM-Newton and NuSTAR observations, as well as the available optical/IR data, we confirm the nature of IGR J18007-4146 as an intermediate polar type CV. Timing analysis of the XMM data reveals a periodic signal at 424.4 ± 0.7 s that we interpret as the spin period of the white dwarf. Modelling the 0.3-78 keV spectrum, we use a thermal bremsstrahlung continuum but require intrinsic absorption as well as a soft component and strong Fe lines between 6 and 7 keV. We model the soft component using a single-temperature blackbody with $kT = 73^{+8}_{-6}$ eV. From the X-ray spectrum, we are able to measure the mass of the white dwarf to be $1.06^{+0.19}_{-0.10}$ $\mathrm{ M}_{\mathord \odot }$, which means IGR J18007-4146 is more massive than the average for magnetic CVs.
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Benjamin M. Coughenour, John A. Tomsick, Aarran W. Shaw, Koji Mukai, Maïca Clavel, et al.. Classifying IGR J18007-4146 as an intermediate polar using XMM and NuSTAR. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2022, 511, pp.4582-4589. ⟨10.1093/mnras/stac263⟩. ⟨insu-03705354⟩

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