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Wind inhibition by X-ray irradiation in high-mass X-ray binaries

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Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
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Faculty of Science

Keywords Stars: early-type; stars: mass loss; stars: winds; outflows
Description Winds of hot massive stars are driven radiatively by light absorption in the lines of heavier elements. Therefore, the radiative force depends on the wind ionization. That is the reason why the accretion powered X-ray emission of high-mass X-ray binaries influences the radiative force and may even lead to wind inhibition. We model the effect of X-ray irradiation on the stellar wind in high-mass X-ray binaries. The influence of X-rays is given by the Xray luminosity, by the optical depth between a given point and the X-ray source, and by the distance to the X-ray source. The influence of X-rays is stronger for higher X-ray luminosities and in closer proximity of the X-ray source. There is a forbidden area in the diagrams of X-ray luminosity vs. the optical depth parameter. The observations agree with theoretical predictions, because all wind-powered high-mass X-ray binary primaries lie outside the forbidden area. The positions of real binaries in the diagram indicate that their X-ray luminosities are self-regulated.
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