Recent Hubble Space Telescope results on X-ray novae

Hynes, R.I.; Haswell, C.A.; Chaty, S.; Shrader, C.R.; Cui, W. and Mauche, C.W. (2001). Recent Hubble Space Telescope results on X-ray novae. Astrophysics and Space Science, 276(supplement) pp. 61–62.



RXTE has recently discovered two newoptically bright black hole candidates (BHCs): XTE J1859+226 andXTE J1118+480. We observed both with HST/STIS, the firstoutburst observations of X-ray novae with this instrument. We followed broad band spectral evolution, detectedcorrelated X-ray/UV rapid variability and performed high resolution UVspectroscopy. We present a summary ofinitial results on the spectral energy distributions observed.

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