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Preliminary determinations of the masses of the neutron star and mass donor in the high mass X-ray binary system EXO 1722-363

Mason, Andrew; Norton, A. J.; Clark, James; Negueruela, I. and Roche, P. (2010). Preliminary determinations of the masses of the neutron star and mass donor in the high mass X-ray binary system EXO 1722-363. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 509 A79.

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Abstract

Aims. We intended to measure the radial velocity curve of the supergiant companion to the eclipsing high mass X-ray binary pulsar EXO 1722–363 and hence determine the stellar masses of the components.

Methods. We used a set of archival -band infrared spectra of the counterpart to EXO 1722–363 obtained using ISAAC on the VLT, and cross-correlated them in order to measure the radial velocity of the star.

Results. The resulting radial velocity curve has a semi-amplitude of km?s-1. When combined with other measured parameters of the system, this yields masses in the range for the neutron star and for the B0–1 Ia supergiant companion. These lower and upper limits were obtained under the assumption that the system is viewed edge-on () for the lower limit and the supergiant fills its Roche lobe () for the upper limit respectively. The system inclination is constrained to and the Roche lobe-filling factor of the supergiant is . Additionally we were able to further constrain our distance determination to be kpc for EXO 1722–363. The X-ray luminosity for this distance range is erg?s-1.

Conclusions. EXO 1722–363 therefore becomes the seventh of the ten known eclipsing X-ray binary pulsars for which a dynamical neutron star mass solution has been determined. Additionally EXO 1722–363 is the first such system to have a neutron star mass measurement made utilising near-infrared spectroscopy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 ESO
ISSN: 1432-0746
Keywords: pulsars; x-ray binaries; eclipsing; EXO 1722-363
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 19032
Depositing User: Andrew Mason
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2009 14:21
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2013 13:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19032
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