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Accession Number N20120014293
Title Periodic Emission from the Gamma-ray Binary 1FGL J1018.6-5856.
Publication Date Jan 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author A. K. Harding D. Donato D. J. Thompson E. Hays E. Troja E. C. Ferrara J. E. McEnery N. Gehrels O. Celic R. H. D. Corbet
Abstract Gamma-ray binaries are stellar systems containing a neutron star or black hole with gamma-ray emission produced by an interaction between the components. These systems are rare, even though binary evolution models predict dozens in our Galaxy. A search for gamma-ray binaries with the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) shows that IFGL JI018.6-5856 exhibits intensity and spectral modulation with a 16.6 day period. We identified a variable X-ray counterpart, which shows a sharp maximum coinciding with maximum gamma-ray emission, as well as an 06V f) star optical counterpart and a radio counterpart that is also apparently modulated on the orbital period. IFGL J1018.6-5856 is thus a gamma-ray binary, and its detection suggests the presence of other fainter binaries in the Galaxy.
Keywords Binary stars
Data processing
Emission spectra
Fermi gamma-ray space telescope
Gamma rays
Light curve
Power spectra
Radio observation
Spectral counterparts(Astronomy)

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 54B - Astronomy & Celestial Mechanics
84A - Astronautics
Corporate Author Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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