Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 607A, 97-97 (2017/11-1)
An X-ray view of HD 166734, a massive supergiant system.
NAZE Y., GOSSET E., MAHY L. and PARKIN E.R.
Abstract (from CDS):
The X-ray emission of the O+O binary HD 166734 was monitored using Swift and XMM-Newton observatories, leading to the discovery of phase-locked variations. The presence of an f line in the He-like triplets further supports a wind-wind collision as the main source of the X-rays in HD 166734. While temperature and absorption do not vary significantly along the orbit, the X-ray emission strength varies by one order of magnitude, with a long minimum state (Δ(φ)∼0.1) occurring after a steep decrease. The flux at minimum is compatible with the intrinsic emission of the O-stars in the system, suggesting a possible disappearance of colliding wind emission. While this minimum cannot be explained by eclipse or occultation effects, a shock collapse may occur at periastron in view of the wind properties. Afterwards, the recovery is long, with an X-ray flux proportional to the separation d (in hard band) or to d2 (in soft band). This is incompatible with an adiabatic nature for the collision (which would instead lead to FX∝1/d), but could be reconciled with a radiative character of the collision, though predicted temperatures are lower and more variable than in observations. An increase in flux around φ∼0.65 and the global asymmetry of the light curve remain unexplained, however.
© ESO, 2017
stars: early-type - stars: winds, outflows - X-rays: stars - stars: individual: HD 166734 - stars: individual: HD 166734
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