Be/X-ray binaries

Дата и время публикации : 2011-01-26T11:56:39Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Pablo Reig

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Коментарии к cтатье: “The final publication is available at”. This review article has been accepted for publication in Astrophysics and Space Science
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: The purpose of this work is to review the observational properties of Be/X-ray binaries. The open questions in Be/X-ray binaries include those related to the Be star companion, that is, the so-called "Be phenomenon", such as, timescales associated to the formation and dissipation of the equatorial disc, mass-ejection mechanisms, V/R variability, and rotation rates; those related to the neutron star, such as, mass determination, accretion physics, and spin period evolution; but also, those that result from the interaction of the two constituents, such as, disc truncation and mass transfer. Until recently, it was thought that the Be stars’ disc was not significantly affected by the neutron star. In this review, I present the observational evidence accumulated in recent years on the interaction between the circumstellar disc and the compact companion. The most obvious effect is the tidal truncation of the disc. As a result, the equatorial discs in Be/X-ray binaries are smaller and denser than those around isolated Be stars.

Category: Physics