The Magellanic Bridge: evidence for a population of X-ray binaries
McBride, V.A., Bird, A.J., Coe, M.J., Townsend, L.J., Corbet, R.H.D. and Haberl, F. (2010) The Magellanic Bridge: evidence for a population of X-ray binaries. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 403, (2), 709-713. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.16178.x).
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INTEGRAL observations of the Small Magellanic Cloud region have resulted in the serendipitous detection of two transient hard X-ray sources in the Magellanic Bridge. In this paper, we present the timing and spectral characteristics of these sources across the 2-100 keV energy range, which, in conjunction with their optical counterparts, demonstrate that they are high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) in the Magellanic Bridge. Together with one previously known HMXB system, and three candidates, these sources represent an emerging population of X-ray binaries in the Bridge, probably initiated by tidally induced star formation as a result of the gravitational interaction between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.
|Keywords:||binaries: general, magellanic clouds|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy > Astronomy and Space Science
|Date Deposited:||24 May 2010 10:51|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 10:10|
|Contributors:||McBride, V.A. (Author)
Bird, A.J. (Author)
Coe, M.J. (Author)
Townsend, L.J. (Author)
Corbet, R.H.D. (Author)
Haberl, F. (Author)
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