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The X-ray binary populations of M81 and M82

  • Paul H. Sell (a1) (a2), Andreas Zezas (a1) (a2), Stephen J. Williams (a1) (a2), Jeff J. Andrews (a1) (a2), Kosmas Gazeas (a3), John S. Gallagher (a4) and Andrew Ptak (a5)...

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We use deep Chandra and HST data to uniquely classify the X-ray binary (XRB) populations in M81 on the basis of their donor stars and local stellar populations (into early-type main sequence, yellow giant, supergiant, low-mass, and globular cluster). First, we find that more massive, redder, and denser globular clusters are more likely to be associated with XRBs. Second, we find that the high-mass XRBs (HMXBs) overall have a steeper X-ray luminosity function (XLF) than the canonical star-forming galaxy XLF, though there is some evidence of variations in the slopes of the sub-populations. On the other hand, the XLF of the prototypical starburst M82 is described by the canonical powerlaw (αcum ∼ 0.6) down to LX ∼ 1036 erg s−1. We attribute variations in XLF slopes to different mass transfer modes (Roche-lobe overflow versus wind-fed systems).

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The X-ray binary populations of M81 and M82

  • Paul H. Sell (a1) (a2), Andreas Zezas (a1) (a2), Stephen J. Williams (a1) (a2), Jeff J. Andrews (a1) (a2), Kosmas Gazeas (a3), John S. Gallagher (a4) and Andrew Ptak (a5)...

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