Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 491, 209-217 (2008/11-3)
Low-mass X-ray binaries in the bulge of the Milky Way.
REVNIVTSEV M., LUTOVINOV A., CHURAZOV E., SAZONOV S., GILFANOV M., GREBENEV S. and SUNYAEV R.
Abstract (from CDS):
We study the population of low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) in the Galactic bulge using the deep survey of this region by the IBIS telescope aboard the INTEGRAL observatory. Thanks to the increased sensitivity with respect to previous surveys of this field, we succeeded in probing the luminosity function (LF) of LMXBs down to ∼7x1034erg/s in the 17-60keV energy band. The slope of the 17-60keV LF in the 1035-1037erg/s range is dlogN/dlogL=-0.96±0.20. At these low luminosities, the spectra of LMXBs between 2 and 60keV are similar to that of the Crab, and therefore nearly equal amounts of energy are released in the standard (2-10keV) and hard (17-60keV) X-ray bands. This implies that the LMXB LF is flat both in the 17-60keV and 2-10keV energy bands over the 1035-1037erg/s luminosity range. This further suggests that the faint end of the 2-10keV LF is significantly flatter than its bright end (above 1037erg/s), where a slope of dlogN/dlogL~-1.8 was previously measured. We discuss the origin of this flattening. We also demonstrate that the spatial distribution of persistent LMXBs in the Galactic center/Galactic bulge region is consistent with a model of stellar mass distribution that includes the nuclear stellar disk component in the innermost degree of the Galaxy. The spatial distribution of transient LMXBs detected in the Galactic center region indicates an increased fraction of transient sources in the innermost degree of the Galaxy with respect to outer regions.
binaries: general - stars: luminosity function, mass function - Galaxy: bulge - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: general
Table 1 IGR J17448-3231 is probably IGR J17448-3232 in Simbad. GRS 1747-313 is Granat 1747-312.
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