Stellar Winds in Massive X-ray Binaries [HEAP]

Strong winds from massive stars are a topic of interest to a wide range of astrophysical fields. In High-Mass X-ray Binaries the presence of an accreting compact object on the one side allows to infer wind parameters from studies of the varying properties of the emitted X-rays; but on the other side the accretor’s gravity and ionizing radiation can strongly influence the wind flow. Based on a collaborative effort of astronomers both from the stellar wind and the X-ray community, this presentation attempts to review our current state of knowledge and indicate avenues for future progress.

Read this paper on arXiv…

P. Kretschmar, S. Martinez-Nunez, E. Bozzo, et. al.
Thu, 23 Feb 17

Comments: 4 pages, 1 figure, to be published in the Proceedings of the IAU Symposium No. 329 “The lives and death-throes of massive stars”