IGR J17544-2619: a new supergiant fast X-ray transient revealed by optical/infrared observations
AIM – Astrophysique Interactions Multi-échelles (Unité Mixte de Recherche 7158 CEA/CNRS/Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot), CEA Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique, Bât. 709, L'Orme des Merisiers, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Dpto. de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Universidad de Alicante, Apdo. 99, E03080 Alicante, Spain
Accepted: 10 May 2006
One of the most recent discoveries of the INTEGRAL observatory is the existence of a previously unknown population of X-ray sources in the inner arms of the Galaxy. IGR J17544-2619, IGR J16465-4507 and XTE J1739-302 are among these sources. Although the nature of these systems is still unexplained, the investigations of the optical/NIR counterparts of the two last sources, combined with high energy data, have provided evidence of them being highly absorbed high mass X-ray binaries with blue supergiant secondaries and displaying fast X-ray transient behaviour. In this work we present our optical/NIR observations of IGR J17544-2619, aimed at identifying and characterizing its counterpart. We show that the source is a high mass X-ray binary at a distance of 2-4 kpc with a strongly absorbed O9Ib secondary, and discuss the nature of the system.
Key words: X-rays: binaries / X-rays: individual: IGR J17544-2619
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