Simultaneous BeppoSAX and RXTE observations of the X-ray burst sources GX 3+1 and Ser X-1

T. Oosterbroek, D. Barret, M. Guainazzi, E. C. Ford
2001 Astronomy and Astrophysics  
We have obtained spectral and timing data on GX 3+1 and Ser X-1. Both sources were observed simultaneously with BeppoSAX and RXTE. The RXTE data is used to provide power spectra and colour-colour diagrams in order to constrain the state (and thus track $\dot M$) the sources are in. The BeppoSAX data provide the broad-band spectra. The spectra of both sources are reasonably well-fit using a model consisting of a disk-blackbody, a comptonized component and a Fe line, absorbed by interstellar
more » ... y interstellar absorption. The electron temperature (kT$_{\rm e}$) of the Comptonizing plasma is in both cases $\sim$2.5 keV. This implies that no strong high-energy tail from the Comptonized component is present in either of the sources. We discuss the similarities between these burst sources and the luminous X-ray sources located in globular clusters. We find that the spectral parameters of the comptonized component provide information about the mass-accretion rate, which agrees well with estimates from the timing and spectral variations.
doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20000028 fatcat:bmw5ca4zyzfa7hj6pzxhx6vsry