A giant outburst from SGR 1900+14 observed with the BeppoSAX Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor

M. Feroci, F. Frontera, E. Costa, L. Amati, M. Tavani, M. Rapisarda, M. Orlandini

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We report the detection by the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor on board BeppoSAX of the strongest and longest outburst ever detected from SGR 1900+14. Oscillations are detectable with a period of ∼5.16 s for the entire duration of the event (∼300 s). The temporal analysis reveals also a remarkable periodic substructure: after about 35 s from the event onset, each 5.16 s pulse shows a pattern of four subpulses and a dip, each separated by ∼1 s. Significant spectral variation is detected during the event and for each individual oscillation. The first and most intense part of the outburst is quite hard and similar to what was previously detected from the "March 5 event." A hard nonthermal spectral component persists for ∼200 s. SGR 1900+14 was proposed to be a strongly magnetized neutron star (B ≳ 1014G) undergoing violent instabilities by internal magnetic/crustal stresses. However, the onset of an apparent 1 s periodicity within the 5.16 s pulsations and the observed spectral properties show a complex behavior that is not satisfactorily modeled yet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Feroci, M., Frontera, F., Costa, E., Amati, L., Tavani, M., Rapisarda, M., & Orlandini, M. (1999). A giant outburst from SGR 1900+14 observed with the BeppoSAX Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor. Astrophysical Journal, 515(1 PART 2), -.