Published on Thu Jun 24 2021

Photospheric Radius Expansion and a double-peaked type-I X-ray burst from GRS 1741.9-2853

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We present analysis of two type-I X-ray bursts observed by NuSTAR originating from the very faint transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary GRS 1741.9-2853 during a period of outburst in May 2020. We show that the persistent emission can be modeled as an absorbed, Comptonized blackbody in addition to Fe K emission which can be attributed to relativistic disk reflection. We measure a persistent bolometric, unabsorbed luminosity of , assuming a distance of 7 kpc, corresponding to an Eddington ratio of . This persistent luminosity combined with light curve analysis leads us to infer that the bursts were the result of pure He burning rather than mixed H/He burning. Time-resolved spectroscopy reveals that the bolometric flux of the first burst exhibits a double-peaked structure, placing the source within a small population of accreting neutron stars which exhibit multiple-peaked type-I X-ray bursts. We find that the second, brighter burst shows evidence for photospheric radius expansion (PRE) and that at its peak, this PRE event had an unabsorbed bolometric flux of . This yields a new distance estimate of kpc, assuming that this corresponds to the Eddington limit for pure He burning on the surface of a canonical neutron star. Additionally, we performed a detailed timing analysis which failed to find evidence for quasiperiodic oscillations or burst oscillations, and we place an upper limit of on the rms variability around 589 Hz, the frequency at which oscillations have previously been reported.

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