DISC ATMOSPHERES AND WINDS IN X-RAY BINARIES

Authors

  • Maria Díaz Trigo ESO, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2, D-85748 Garching bei München
  • Laurence Boirin Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l’Université, F-67000 Strasbourg

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14311/AP.2013.53.0659

Abstract

We review the current status of studies of disc atmospheres and winds in low mass X-ray binaries. We discuss the possible wind launching mechanisms and compare the predictions of the models with the existent observations. We conclude that a combination of thermal and radiative pressure (the latter being relevant at high luminosities) can explain the current observations of atmospheres and winds in both neutron star and black hole binaries. Moreover, these winds and atmospheres could contribute significantly to the broad iron emission line observed in these systems.

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2013-12-18

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