Optical spectra of the carbon-oxygen accretion discs in the ultra-compact X-ray binaries 4U 0614+09, 4U 1543-624 and 2S 0918-549
UNSPECIFIED. (2004) Optical spectra of the carbon-oxygen accretion discs in the ultra-compact X-ray binaries 4U 0614+09, 4U 1543-624 and 2S 0918-549. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 348 (1). L7-L11. ISSN 0035-8711Full text not available from this repository.
We present optical spectra in the range 4600-8600 Angstrom for three low-mass X-ray binaries which have been suggested to belong to the class of ultra-compact X-ray binaries based on their X-ray spectra. Our spectra show no evidence for hydrogen or helium emission lines, as are seen in classical X-ray binaries. The spectrum of 4U 0614 + 09 does show emission lines, which we identify with carbon and oxygen lines of C II, CIII, OII and OIII. While the spectra of 4U 1543 624 and 2S 0918 549 have a lower signal-to-noise ratio, and thus are more difficult to interpret, some of the characteristic features of 4U 0614 + 09 are present in these spectra too, although sometimes they are clearly weaker. We conclude that the optical spectra give further evidence for the ultra-compact nature of these X-ray binaries and for their donor stars being carbon-oxygen white dwarfs.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QB Astronomy|
|Journal or Publication Title:||MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD|
|Date:||11 February 2004|
|Number of Pages:||5|
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