Astrophys. J., 910, 74-74 (2021/March-3)
The Wolf-Rayet + black hole binary NGC 300 X-1: what is the mass of the black hole?
BINDER B.A., SY J.M., ERACLEOUS M., CHRISTODOULOU D.M., BHATTACHARYA S., CAPPALLO R., LAYCOCK S., PLUCINSKY P.P. and WILLIAMS B.F.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present new X-ray and UV observations of the Wolf-Rayet + black hole (BH) binary system NGC 300 X-1 with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. When combined with archival X-ray observations, our X-ray and UV observations sample the entire binary orbit, providing clues to the system geometry and interaction between the BH accretion disk and the donor star wind. We measure a binary orbital period of 32.7921 ± 0.0003 hr, in agreement with previous studies, and perform phase-resolved spectroscopy using the X-ray data. The X-ray light curve reveals a deep eclipse, consistent with inclination angles of i = 60°-75°, and a pre-eclipse excess consistent with an accretion stream impacting the disk edge. We further measure radial velocity variations for several prominent far-UV spectral lines, most notably H II λ1640 and C IV λ1550. We find that the He II emission lines systematically lag the expected Wolf-Rayet star orbital motion by a phase difference of Δph ∼ 0.3, while C IV λ1550 matches the phase of the anticipated radial velocity curve of the Wolf-Rayet donor. We assume the C IV λ1550 emission line follows a sinusoidal radial velocity curve (semi-amplitude = 250 km s–1) and infer a BH mass of 17 ± 4 M☉. Our observations are consistent with the presence of a wind-Roche lobe overflow accretion disk, where an accretion stream forms from gravitationally focused wind material and impacts the edge of the BH accretion disk.
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High mass x-ray binary stars - X-ray binary stars - Astrophysical black holes - Stellar mass black holes - Wolf-Rayet stars
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