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Title: Discovery of a large and bright bow shock nebula associated with low-mass X-ray binary SAX J1712.6-3739
Authors: Wiersema, K.
Read, A. M.
Tanvir, N. R.
Russell, D. M.
Degenaar, N.
Klein-Wolt, M.
Wrjnands, R.
Klein-Wolt, M.
Heinz, S.
Saxton, R. D.
First Published: 1-Jul-2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: LETTERS, 2009, 397 (1)
Abstract: In a multiwavelength programme dedicated to identifying optical counterparts of faint persistent X-ray sources in the Galactic bulge, we find an accurate X-ray position of SAX J1712.6–3739 through Chandra observations, and discover its faint optical counterpart using our data from EFOSC2 on the ESO 3.6-m telescope. We find this source to be a highly extincted neutron star low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) with blue optical colours. We serendipitously discover a relatively bright and large bow shock shaped nebula in our deep narrow-band Hα imaging, most likely associated with the X-ray binary. A nebula like this has never been observed before in association with a LMXB, and as such provides a unique laboratory to study the energetics of accretion and jets. We put forward different models to explain the possible ways the LMXB may form this nebulosity, and outline how they can be confirmed observationally.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1745-3933.2009.00643.x
ISSN: 1745-3933
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2009 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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