Volume 373, Number 3, July III 2001
|Page(s)||L37 - L40|
|Published online||15 July 2001|
Identification of the donor in the X-ray binary GRS 1915+105*
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, 14482 Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, Germany
2 ESO, Alonso de Córdova 3107, Santiago 19, Chile
3 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, (IAA-CSIC), PO Box 03004, 18080 Granada, Spain
4 Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física Fundamental (LAEFF-INTA), PO Box 50727, 208080 Madrid, Spain
5 Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C Concepción, Chile
Corresponding author: J. Greiner, email@example.com
Accepted: 26 May 2001
We report on the results of medium-resolution spectroscopy of GRS 1915+105 in the near-infrared H and K band using the 8 m VLT at ESO. We clearly identify absorption bandheads from 12CO and 13CO. Together with other features this results in a classification of the mass-donating star in this binary as a K-M III star, clearly indicating that GRS 1915+105 belongs to the class of low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXB).
Key words: stars: binaries / infrared: stars / stars: individual: GRS 1915+105
© ESO, 2001
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