Detection of Multiple Hard X-ray Flares from Sco X-1 with OSSE
Although recent results have firmly established the presence of hard X-ray
emission from low
luminosity low mass X-ray binaries (e.g. X-ray bursters), high luminosity
LMXB are generally associated
with relatively soft spectra. In 5 weeks of observation of the high
LMXB Sco X-1, the OSSE instrument on CGRO has observed three episodes of
hard X-ray flaring,
during which the source spectrum displays a definite hard X-ray tail
extending to as much as 200 keV.
The tail, which diverges from the low-energy spectrum above 80 keV, is
power-law shapes with photon index between 2.5 and 3.
The flaring episodes last a few days and may have a relatively high duty
cycle. We will present
the observational evidence for these flares and discuss some of the
implications they have for
models of luminous LMXB emission.
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On 16 Jul 1999, 09:19.