HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 51. Magnetars and Young Neutron Stars II
Oral, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 4:30-5:30pm

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[51.03] Unraveling the Cooling Trend of a Magnetar: Study of Soft Gamma Repeater SGR 1627-41

C. Kouveliotou (NASA/MSFC, USRA), D. Eichler, Y. Lyubarski (Ben Gurion University, Israel), S. Patel (NRC Fellow, NASA/MSFC), P. Woods (USRA), S. Wachter (IPAC), K. Hurley (UCB)

We have monitored the cooling trend of the Soft Gamma Repeater, SGR 1627-41, for the last 5 years. We present here our results, combining the initial observations with BeppoSAX with the recent results of our Chandra observations. We find that SGR 1627-41 exhibits a very flux steep decay, indicating a break in its cooling trend about two years after its activation and speculate as to the nature of this behaviour. We also present our initial results of a deep IR search for the source counterpart with the CTIO 4 m telescope.

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