Ultraluminous X-ray pulsar: accreting magnetar?

Research paper by H. Tong

Indexed on: 13 Aug '15Published on: 13 Aug '15Published in: arXiv - Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena


Magnetars are a special kind of neutron stars. There may also be accreting magnetars. From the studies of isolated magnetars, it is known that a neutron star with a strong dipole field only is not a magnetar. Super-slow X-ray pulsars may just be accreting high magnetic field neutron stars. The ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar NuSTAR J095551+6940.8 may be an accreting magnetar. It may be an accreting low magnetic field magnetar with multipole field of 10^14 G and dipole field of 10^12 G. This point of view is consistent with the study of isolated magnetars. An ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar phase in the binary evolution may result in massive millisecond pulsars.