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A study of X-ray binaries in the local universe

A study of X-ray binaries in the local universe
A study of X-ray binaries in the local universe
In this thesis I present the research carried out on X-ray binaries in the Local Universe. These X-ray binaries are found in a wide variety of environments and display an array of interesting characteristics. I present strong evidence for the discovery of a new black hole X-ray binary in a globular cluster of a nearby elliptical galaxy. At the time of discovery it was only the second such system known. I also present the first X-ray spectroscopic analysis of a source found in the central region of the nearby starburst galaxy, M82. This source is most likely a high mass X-ray binary system and displays peculiar X-ray characteristics relative to its behaviour at other wavelengths. I study the temporal and spectroscopic behaviour of the first black hole binary found in a globular cluster. The spectra of this source show evidence for a strong, soft X-ray emission line. I also study the global properties of X-ray binaries. I analyse the X-ray binary population of NGC4472, a nearby elliptical galaxy. I compare these sources to those of other galaxies and also analyse the characteristics of subpopulations of X-ray binaries within the galaxy
Joseph, Tana
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Joseph, Tana
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Coe, Malcolm
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(2013) A study of X-ray binaries in the local universe. University of Southampton, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Doctoral Thesis, 121pp.

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In this thesis I present the research carried out on X-ray binaries in the Local Universe. These X-ray binaries are found in a wide variety of environments and display an array of interesting characteristics. I present strong evidence for the discovery of a new black hole X-ray binary in a globular cluster of a nearby elliptical galaxy. At the time of discovery it was only the second such system known. I also present the first X-ray spectroscopic analysis of a source found in the central region of the nearby starburst galaxy, M82. This source is most likely a high mass X-ray binary system and displays peculiar X-ray characteristics relative to its behaviour at other wavelengths. I study the temporal and spectroscopic behaviour of the first black hole binary found in a globular cluster. The spectra of this source show evidence for a strong, soft X-ray emission line. I also study the global properties of X-ray binaries. I analyse the X-ray binary population of NGC4472, a nearby elliptical galaxy. I compare these sources to those of other galaxies and also analyse the characteristics of subpopulations of X-ray binaries within the galaxy

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Published date: June 2013
Organisations: University of Southampton, Physics & Astronomy

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Local EPrints ID: 354111
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/354111
PURE UUID: 017b21f8-80b7-4441-9ca7-4267a0b494bd
ORCID for Malcolm Coe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0763-8547

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Date deposited: 01 Jul 2013 14:07
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:17

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Author: Tana Joseph
Thesis advisor: Malcolm Coe ORCID iD

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