Volume 595, November 2016
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||28 October 2016|
IGR J17451–3022: constraints on the nature of the donor star
1 Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warszawa, Poland
2 ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics, Chemin d’Ecogia 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
3 Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 4 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Received: 23 March 2016
Accepted: 30 August 2016
We constrain the binary parameters and the nature of the donor star of the eclipsing accreting X-ray binary IGR J17451−3022. The donor mass, its radius, and the system inclination angle are computed based on the system orbital period and eclipse duration recently reported. We find that the donor is most likely a main-sequence star with the mass comprised within the range ~ (0.5−0.8) M⊙ and a radius of ~ 0.7 R⊙. Assuming that the accreting compact object in IGR J17451−3022 is a neutron star, the duration of the nearly total rectangular eclipses yields an inclination angle of the system of 71° ≲ i ≲ 76°, compatible with the presence of dips in this system. We rule out the presence of either a brown or white dwarf. However, we find an alternative possibility that the donor star in IGR J17451−3022 could be a partially stripped giant with a very low mass, ~ 0.2 M⊙. This case requires a substantial mass loss prior to the formation of the giant-star He core. According to that solution, the radius would be ~ 0.4 R⊙, at i ~ 80°. We additionally show that the well-known approximate dependence of the giant-star radius exclusively on its core mass, breaks down below ~ 0.3 M⊙.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / binaries: general / stars: individual: IGR J17451 / 3022 / X-rays: binaries / X-rays: stars
© ESO, 2016
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