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The Spectral Distribution of Be/X-ray Transients Implies Supernova Kicks

  • Ignacio Negueruela (a1)

Abstract

Be/X-ray binaries are generally assumed to have formed as the result of the evolution of moderately massive binaries in which mass is transferred semi-conservatively from the originally more massive component on to its companion. An alternative model proposes a binary system with a very massive component which loses a large fraction of its mass via very unconservative mass transfer. This scenario allows the formation of Be/X-ray binaries without requiring an asymmetric supernova explosion. We show that the observed properties of most Be/X-ray binaries for which an orbital solution has been found are incompatible with this model.

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