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2012ApJ...760L..27K - Astrophys. J., 760, L27 (2012/December-1)

Optical emission of the black hole X-ray transient MAXI J1659-152 during quiescence.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report on the optical detection of the black hole X-ray transient MAXI J1659-152 during its quiescent state. By using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, we observed MAXI J1659-152 about seven months after the end of an X-ray outburst. The optical counterpart of MAXI J1659-152 is clearly detected with an r'-band magnitude of 23.6-23.8. The detection confirms that the optical emission of MAXI J1659-152 during quiescence is relatively bright compared to other black hole X-ray transients. This implies that the distance to MAXI J1659-152 is 4.6-7.5 kpc for an M2 dwarf companion star or 2.3-3.8 kpc for an M5 dwarf companion star. By comparing with other measurements, an M2 dwarf companion is more likely.

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Journal keyword(s): binaries: close - stars: individual: MAXI J1659-152 - X-rays: binaries

CDS comments: Check Stars 1 and 2 are not in SIMBAD.

Simbad objects: 8

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