Ephemeris, orbital decay, and masses of ten eclipsing high-mass X-ray binaries

Abstract : We update the ephemeris of the eclipsing high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) systems LMC X-4, Cen X-3, 4U 1700-377, 4U 1538-522, SMC X-1, IGR J18027-2016, Vela X-1,IGR J17252-3616, XTE J1855-026, and OAO 1657-415 with the help of more than ten years of monitoring these sources with the All Sky Monitor onboard RXTE and with the Integral Soft Gamma-Ray Imager onboard INTEGRAL. These results are used to refine previous measurements of the orbital period decay of all sources (where available) and provide the first accurate values of the apsidal advance in Vela X-1 and 4U 1538-522. Updated values for the masses of the neutron stars hosted in the ten HMXBs are also provided, as well as the long-term light curves folded on the best determined orbital parameters of the sources. These light curves reveal complex eclipse ingresses and egresses that are understood mostly as being caused by accretion wakes. Our results constitute a database to be used for population and evolutionary studies of HMXBs and for theoretical modeling of long-term accretion in wind-fed X-ray binaries.
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M. Falanga, E. Bozzo, A. Lutovinov, J. M. Bonnet-Bidaud, Y. Fetisova, et al.. Ephemeris, orbital decay, and masses of ten eclipsing high-mass X-ray binaries. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2015, 577, pp.A130. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201425191⟩. ⟨cea-01300563⟩

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