AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 43. RXTE, XTE and X-Ray Sources
Display, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibits Hall 1

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[43.09] Position and X-ray Variability of 2A 1704+241

W.A. Morgan, Jr. (Dickinson College), M.R. Garcia (CfA)

We present results of analysis of observations of the X-ray source 2A 1704+241 with the Rosat Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) and the High Resolution Imager (HRI). 2A 1704+241 was first associated with the M3II star HD154791 (Garcia et al. 1983). The identification, based upon observation with the HEAO 1 SMC and the Einstein IPC, was unusual, because there is only one other X-ray binary associated with an M-giant star. Because of the superior spatial resolution of the PSPC and the HRI, we observed 2A 1704+241 with both instruments for 8 ksec and 10 ksec, respectively. Also, there seemed to be a ~900-sec variability in the X-ray emission.

Based upon the previous identification and determination of the position of MS 1703.7+2417, an AGN in the field (Stocke et al. 1991), we determine that the designation of HD154791 as the optical counterpart of 2A 1704+291 is correct. Furthermore, we determine that there is {\em no} evidence for the 900-sec modulation seen by the IPC.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: morgan@dickinson.edu

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