Quiescent Light Curve of Accreting Neutron Star MAXI J0556-332 [HEAP]


MAXI J0556-332 is the hottest transient accreting neutron star at the beginning of quiescence. A theoretical model with crustal heating indicates that an additional shallow heating source of Qshallow > 6 MeV per accreted nucleon is required in the shallow outer crust with respect to the deeper star crust by considering the observed decline in accretion rate at the end of outburst. However, the physical source of this shallow heating is still unclear. In the present investigation, we perform stellar evolutionary calculations adopting the effects of outburst behavior of the accretion rate. As a consequence, we find that the quiescent light curve of MAXI J0556-332 can be well explained on the whole with the inclusion of the nuclear energy generation due to the hot CNO cycle.

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H. Liu, Y. Matsuo, M. Hashimoto, et. al.
Tue, 7 Mar 17

Comments: 4 pages, 2 figures