Evolving early, hard X-ray emission of V745 Sco
ATel #5862; K. Mukai (NASA & UMBC), K. L. Page, J. P. Osborne (Leicester), and T. Nelson (Minnesota)
on 7 Feb 2014; 20:40 UT
Credential Certification: Koji Mukai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subjects: Ultra-Violet, X-ray, Nova
We, on behalf of both the Swift Nova-CV group and the E-Nova collaboration, have initiated high cadence X-ray and UV monitoring of the symbiotic recurrent nova, V745 Sco, with Swift, shortly after the announcement by R. Stubbings of the first outburst since 1989 (AAVSO Special Notice #380). Here we report on the preliminary results from the first 3 pointings.
|Start Time||Exposure||0.3-10 keV rate||UVM2 mag|
The first spectrum is highly absorbed, shows a prominent Fe K alpha line, and can be fitted with an APEC model with kT=8+4-2 keV and NH=(1.3+/-0.2)x1023 cm-2. The subsequent spectra can also be fitted with absorbed, hard, APEC models, but with declining NH: 5.2+0.9-0.8x1022 cm-2 and 3.5+0.5-0.4x1022 cm-2, respectively. The increasing count rate appears mostly, if not exclusively, due to the declining NH.
V745 Sco is a system similar to RS Oph in many ways, and the early, hard X-ray emission we have observed so far is no exception. In the case of RS Oph, the evolution of its hard X-ray emission was used to infer the properties of the ejecta and the ejecta-M giant wind interaction (Sokoloski et al. 2006, Nature, 442, 276; Bode et al. 2006, ApJ 652, 659).
High cadence Swift monitoring is scheduled to continue through at least 2014-02-10, and probably beyond although we may reconsider the cadence and other parameters. We encourage high cadence observations at other wavelengths.
We thank the Swift PI, Neil Gehrels, for a generous allocation of TOO time, and the operations team for implementing these high cadence observations at a short notice.