Abstract One ultraluminous X-ray source in M82 has recently been identified as an accreting neutron star (named NuSTAR J095551+6940.8). It has a super-Eddington luminosity and is spinning up. An aged magnetar is more likely to be a low magnetic field magnetar. An accreting low magnetic field magnetar may explain both the super-Eddington luminosity and the rotational behavior of this source. Considering the effect of beaming, the spin-up rate is understandable using the traditional form of accretion torque. The transient nature and spectral properties of M82 X-2 are discussed. The theoretical range of periods for accreting magnetars is provided. Three observational appearances of accreting magnetars are summarized.
Keywords accretion — pulsars: individual (NuSTAR J095551+6940.8) — stars: magnetars — stars: neutron
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