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2013ApJ...768..183C - Astrophys. J., 768, 183 (2013/May-2)

Galactic ultracompact X-ray binaries: empirical luminosities.

CARTWRIGHT T.F., ENGEL M.C., HEINKE C.O., SIVAKOFF G.R., BERGER J.J., GLADSTONE J.C. and IVANOVA N.

Abstract (from CDS):

Ultracompact X-ray binaries (UCXBs) are thought to have relatively simple binary evolution post-contact, leading to clear predictions of their luminosity function. We test these predictions by studying the long-term behavior of known UCXBs in our Galaxy, principally using data from the MAXI All-Sky Survey and the Galactic bulge scans with RXTE's Proportional Counter Array instrument. Strong luminosity variations are common (and well documented) among persistent UCXBs, which requires an explanation other than the disk instability mechanism. We measure the luminosity function of known UCXBs in the Milky Way, which extends to lower luminosities than some proposed theoretical luminosity functions of UCXBs. The difference between field and globular cluster (GC) X-ray luminosity functions in other galaxies cannot be explained by an increased fraction of UCXBs in GCs. Instead, our measured luminosity function suggests that UCXBs only make up a small fraction of the X-ray binaries above a fewx1036 erg/s in both old field populations and GCs.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - globular clusters: general - white dwarfs - X-rays: binaries

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