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The Likely Orbital Period of the Ultracompact Low-Mass X-Ray Binary 2S 0918-549

  • Zhong, Jing
  • Wang, Zhongxiang
Publication Date
Jan 02, 2011
Submission Date
Jun 20, 2010
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/729/1/8
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We report the discovery of the likely orbital period of the ultracompact low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) 2S 0918-549. Using time-resolved optical photometry carried out with the 8-m Gemini South Telescope, we obtained a 2.4-hr long, Sloan r' light curve of 2S 0918-549 and found a periodic, sinusoidal modulation at 17.4+/-0.1 min with a semiamplitude of 0.015+/-0.002 mag, which we identify as the binary period. In addition to 4U 0513-40 in the globular cluster NGC 1851 and the Galactic disk source 4U 1543-624, 2S 0918-549 is the third member of the ultracompact LMXBs that have orbital periods around 18 min. Our result verifies the suggestion of 2S 0918-549 as an ultracompact binary based on its X-ray and optical spectroscopic properties. Given that the donor in 2S 0918-549 has been suggested to be either a C-O or He white dwarf, its likely mass and radius are around 0.024--0.029 M_sun and 0.03--0.032 R_sun, respectively, for the former case and 0.034--0.039 M_sun and 0.033--0.035 R_sun for the latter case. If the optical modulation arises from X-ray heating of the mass donor, its sinusoidal shape suggests that the binary has a low inclination angle, probably around 10 deg.

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