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2022MNRAS.514..191K - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 514, 191-199 (2022/July-3)

Characteristics and evolution of Be-type high-mass X-ray binaries as potential ultraluminous X-ray sources.


Abstract (from CDS):

Some ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) exhibit X-ray pulses, and their central sources are thought to be neutron stars. It has also been suggested that some are transient sources with Be-type donors. In this study, we use the mass accretion model of a Be-type high-mass X-ray binary (BeHMXB) to estimate the conditions under which a giant X-ray burst caused by a BeHMXB exceeds the Eddington luminosity. Moreover, we investigate the duration for which BeHMXBs can be observed as transient ULXs with bursts above the Eddington luminosity during binary evolutions. The results indicate that BeHMXBs could be ULXs for a typical duration of approximately 1 Myr. Comparisons with nearby observed BeHMXBs indicate that many binary systems have the potential to become ULXs during their evolution. Particularly, a BeHMXB system tends to become a ULX when the Be donor has a dense deccretion disc aligned with the orbital plane. Because BeHMXBs are very common objects and a significant number of them can become ULXs, we conclude that a reasonable fraction of the observed ULXs could consist of evolved BeHMXBs.

Abstract Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion discs - stars: neutron - stars: winds, outflows - X-rays: binaries

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