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Science. 2012 Jan 13;335(6065):189-93. doi: 10.1126/science.1213974.

Periodic emission from the gamma-ray binary 1FGL J1018.6-5856.

Fermi LAT Collaboration1, Ackermann M, Ajello M, Ballet J, Barbiellini G, Bastieri D, Belfiore A, Bellazzini R, Berenji B, Blandford RD, Bloom ED, Bonamente E, Borgland AW, Bregeon J, Brigida M, Bruel P, Buehler R, Buson S, Caliandro GA, Cameron RA, Caraveo PA, Cavazzuti E, Cecchi C, Çelik Ö, Charles E, Chaty S, Chekhtman A, Cheung CC, Chiang J, Ciprini S, Claus R, Cohen-Tanugi J, Corbel S, Corbet RH, Cutini S, de Luca A, den Hartog PR, de Palma F, Dermer CD, Digel SW, do Couto e Silva E, Donato D, Drell PS, Drlica-Wagner A, Dubois R, Dubus G, Favuzzi C, Fegan SJ, Ferrara EC, Focke WB, Fortin P, Fukazawa Y, Funk S, Fusco P, Gargano F, Gasparrini D, Gehrels N, Germani S, Giglietto N, Giordano F, Giroletti M, Glanzman T, Godfrey G, Grenier IA, Grove JE, Guiriec S, Hadasch D, Hanabata Y, Harding AK, Hayashida M, Hays E, Hill AB, Hughes RE, Jóhannesson G, Johnson AS, Johnson TJ, Kamae T, Katagiri H, Kataoka J, Kerr M, Knödlseder J, Kuss M, Lande J, Longo F, Loparco F, Lovellette MN, Lubrano P, Mazziotta MN, McEnery JE, Michelson PF, Mitthumsiri W, Mizuno T, Monte C, Monzani ME, Morselli A, Moskalenko IV, Murgia S, Nakamori T, Naumann-Godo M, Norris JP, Nuss E, Ohno M, Ohsugi T, Okumura A, Omodei N, Orlando E, Ozaki M, Paneque D, Parent D, Pesce-Rollins M, Pierbattista M, Piron F, Pivato G, Porter TA, Rainò S, Rando R, Razzano M, Reimer A, Reimer O, Ritz S, Romani RW, Roth M, Saz Parkinson PM, Sgrò C, Siskind EJ, Spandre G, Spinelli P, Suson DJ, Takahashi H, Tanaka T, Thayer JG, Thayer JB, Thompson DJ, Tibaldo L, Tinivella M, Torres DF, Tosti G, Troja E, Uchiyama Y, Usher TL, Vandenbroucke J, Vianello G, Vitale V, Waite AP, Winer BL, Wood KS, Wood M, Yang Z, Zimmer S, Coe MJ, Di Mille F, Edwards PG, Filipović MD, Payne JL, Stevens J, Torres MA.

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W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Department of Physics and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

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 1FGL J1018.6-5856 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 O6V((f)) star optical counterpart and a radio counterpart that is also apparently modulated on the orbital period. 1FGL J1018.6-5856 is thus a gamma-ray binary, and its detection suggests the presence of other fainter binaries in the Galaxy.

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PMID:
22246769
DOI:
10.1126/science.1213974
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