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We estimate the outer radius of the accretion disk in HLX-1 from its optical brightness and from the exponential timescale of the decline in the X-ray lightcurve after an outburst. We find that the disk is an order of magnitude smaller than the semimajor axis of the orbit. If the disk size is determined by the circularization radius near periastron, the eccentricity of the binary system must be ≳ 0.95. We report on the discovery of Hα emission during the 2012 outburst, with a single-peaked, narrow profile (consistent with a nearly face-on view), and a central velocity displaced by ≈ 490 km s−1 from that of the host galaxy.
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