Reference : An X-ray view of HD 166734, a massive supergiant system
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An X-ray view of HD 166734, a massive supergiant system
Nazé, Yaël mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Groupe d'astrophysique des hautes énergies (GAPHE) >]
Gosset, Eric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Groupe d'astrophysique des hautes énergies (GAPHE) >]
Mahy, Laurent mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
Parkin, Elliot Ross [> >]
Astronomy and Astrophysics
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[en] stars: early-type ; stars: winds ; outflows ; X-rays: stars ; stars: individual: HD 166734
[en] 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 d[SUP]2[/SUP] (in soft band). This is incompatible with an adiabatic nature for the collision (which would instead lead to F[SUB]X[/SUB] ∝ 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. Based on observations collected with Swift and the ESA science mission XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA).
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