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ATEL # 1109; Michelle Buxton (Columbia University) and Charles Bailyn (Yale University)
on 14 Jun 2007; 18:39 UT
Password Certification: Michelle Buxton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subjects: Infra-Red, Optical, Binaries, Black Holes, Transients
We have continued our observations of GX 339-4 with the SMARTS 1.3m and ANDICAM instrument since the source transitioned into the hard state around MJD 54233 (13th May 2007, ATEL #1074). The optical and infrared (OIR) fluxes reached a minimum at MJD 54239, and then began to rise. Since that time the brightness of the source has increased as follows:
|Filter||Mag at MJD 54239||Mag at MJD 54260||Delta (mag)|
The large increase in the infrared implies that this is likely an IR-dominated flare, like that seen for example in 4U1543-47 (Buxton & Bailyn 2004 ApJ 615, 880). The latest observations suggest that the OIR fluxes may now have peaked. Observations in other wavelengths, especially infrared and radio, are strongly encouraged.
A plot of our lightcurves can be found at the URL provided below.