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Program Information for 2017A-0133


PI: Herbert Pablo, University of Montreal, hpablo@astro.umontreal.ca
Address: Department of Physics, PO BOX 6128, STATION CENTREVILLE MONTREAL, QC H3C 3J7 Canada

CoI: Noel Richardson, U. of Toledo
CoI: Robert Archibald, McGill University
CoI: Paul Scholz, DRAO
CoI: Victoria Kaspi, McGill University
CoI: Jesus Maiz-Apellaniz, CAB
CoI: Andre-Nicolas Chene, Gemini Observatory

Title: Adventures in Binarity: Confirming the First Binary Magnetar

Abstract: Virtually all massive stars were born with companions, though only 10 % remain so when they end their lives as neutron stars. Despite this small number, this implies that the binary magnetars should also exist, yet none have been found. While there are candidate systems, in all cases the magnetar nature is in question, a status which can only be confirmed through a fortuitous outburst. However, a recent magnetar like outburst has been seen from a neutron star that is coincident on the sky with a Be star. What's more the slow pulse period of the magnetar suggests that it is being affected by a companion. By taking spectra of the Be star throughout the observing semester we plan to look for radial velocity variations to confirm the first ever binary magnetar.

Program Type: Standard/Galactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 2.1hrs band 3 (GS-2017A-Q-69)


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