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2006MNRAS.370..255N - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 370, 255-262 (2006/July-3)

Optical spectroscopy of (candidate) ultracompact X-ray binaries: constraints on the composition of the donor stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present optical spectroscopy of several (candidate) ultracompact X-ray binaries (UCXBs) obtained with the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope and Gemini-North telescopes. In only one of five observed UCXB candidates did we find evidence for H in its spectrum (4U 1556-60). For XB 1905+00 the optical counterpart is not detected. For the known UCXBs 4U 1626-67 and XB 1916-05 we find spectra consistent with a C/O and a He/N accretion disc, respectively, the latter is the first optical spectrum of a He-rich donor in an UCXB. Interestingly, the C/O spectrum of 4U 1626-67 shows both similarities as well as marked differences from the optical C/O spectrum of 4U 0614+09. We obtained phase-resolved spectroscopy of 4U 0614+09 and the 44-min transient XTE J0929-314. In neither object were we able to detect clear orbital periodicities, highlighting the difficulties of period determinations in UCXBs. We reanalysed the spectra of XTE J0929-314 that were taken close to the peak of its 2003 X-ray outburst and do not confirm the detection of Hα emission as was claimed in the literature. The peak spectra do show strong C or N emission around 4640Å, as has also been detected in other UCXBs. We discuss the implications of our findings for our understanding of the formation of UCXBs and the Galactic population of UCXBs. At the moment all studied systems are consistent with having white dwarf donors, the majority being C/O rich.

Abstract Copyright: 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 RAS

Journal keyword(s): binaries: close - white dwarfs - X-rays: binaries

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