On the detection of pre-low-mass X-ray binaries

  title={On the detection of pre-low-mass X-ray binaries},
  author={Bart Willems and Ulrich C. Kolb},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • B. Willems, U. Kolb
  • Published 30 April 2003
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We explore the population of candidate pre-low-mass X-ray binaries in which a neutron star accretes mass from the wind of a low-mass companion (mass � 2 M⊙) in the framework of a binary population synthesis study. The simulated accretion-luminosity distribution shows a primary peak close to 10 31 erg/s and a secondary peak near 10 28 erg/s. The relative contribution of the two peaks depends primarily on the magnitude of the kick velocity imparted to the neutron star at birth. The secondary peak… 

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