Optical identification of IGR J19140+0951
SourceAstronomy and Astrophysics, 448, 3, (2006), pp. 1101-1106
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Astronomy and Astrophysics
IGR J19140+0951 was discovered by INTEGRAL in 2003 in the 4-100 keV band. Observations with INTEGRAL and RXTE provide a tentative identification as a high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) with a neutron star as accretor. However, an optical counterpart was thus far not established, nor was the presence of a pulsar which is commonly observed in HMXBs. We observed IGR J19140+0951 with Chandra and find the source to be active at a similar flux as previous measurements. The lightcurve shows a marginally significant oscillation at 6.5 ks which requires confirmation. We determine a sub-arcsecond position from the Chandra data and identify the heavily reddened optical counterpart 2MASS 19140422+0952577 in the 2MASS catalog. Optical follow-up observations with the William Herschel Telescope at La Palma exhibit a continuum spectrum coming out of extinction above 7000 �without strong absorption or emission features. V, I and K<SUB>s</SUB> band photometry point to an optical counterpart with an extinction of A<SUB>V</SUB>=11�2. The extinction is consistent with the interstellar value. None of the data reject the suspicion that IGR J19140+0951 is an HMXB with additional circumstellar obscuration around the accretor.
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