Constraining the Nature of the Galactic Center X-Ray Source Population
van den Berg, M.
Schlegel, E. M.
Persson, S. E.
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CitationLaycock, S., J. Grindlay, M. van den Berg, P. Zhao, J. Hong, X. Koenig, E. M. Schlegel, and S. E. Persson. 2005. “Constraining the Nature of the Galactic Center X-Ray Source Population.” The Astrophysical Journal 634 (1): L53–56. https://doi.org/10.1086/498821.
AbstractWe searched for infrared counterparts to the cluster of X-ray point sources discovered by Chandra in the Galactic center region (GCR). While the sources could be white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes accreting from stellar companions, their X-ray properties are consistent with magnetic cataclysmic variables (CVs), or high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) at low accretion rates. A direct way to decide between these possibilities, and hence between alternative formation scenarios, is to measure or constrain the luminosity distribution of the companions. Using infrared (J, H, K, Br gamma) imaging, we searched for counterparts corresponding to typical HMXB secondaries: spectral type B0 V with K < 15 at the GCR. We found no significant excess of bright stars in Chandra error circles, indicating that HMXBs are not the dominant X-ray source population and that they account for fewer than 10% of the hardest X-ray sources.
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