Time-resolved spectroscopy of the M15 X-ray binary AC211/X2127+119

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Torres, Manuel Angel Perez
Callanan, Paul J.
Garcia, M. R.
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We present time-resolved spectroscopy acquired during two epochs (spaced apart by similar to15 d) of the eclipsing low-mass X-ray binary AC211/X2127+119 in the globular cluster M15. The spectra show variations in the He iilambda4686 emission line not only modulated on the orbital period, but also on time-scales of a few days. During the first epoch of observation, the emission line shows a strong S -wave superimposed on the average double-peaked profile. The line exhibits no evidence of rotational disturbance at the orbital phases when the eclipse is observed in the optical continuum. During the second epoch, no double-peak or S -wave component is present. The He i absorption lines detected by other authors are not present in our spectra. A Doppler image of He iilambda4686 for the first epoch supports the presence of the accretion disc. No hotspot is detected, although enhanced emission at V-X = 30 km s(-1) , V-Y = 160 km s(-1) is observed. We discuss the implications of this emission in the context of an X-ray heated donor star, in which case a high mass ratio and neutron star primary are implied. Finally, we speculate on the possibility of a misaligned secondary star in AC211.
Accretion , Accretion discs , Close , Stars , Individual , AC211 , X2127+119 , X-rays , Binaries
Torres, M. A. P., Callanan, P. J. and Garcia, M. R. (2003) 'Time-resolved spectroscopy of the M15 X-ray binary AC211/X2127+119', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 341(4), pp. 1231-1238. doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.2003.06486.x
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