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The X-ray Position and Infrared Counterpart of the Eclipsing X-ray Pulsar OAO1657-415

Chakrabarty, Deepto, Wang, Zhongxiang, Juett, Adrienne M., Lee, Julia C. and Roche, Paul 2002. The X-ray Position and Infrared Counterpart of the Eclipsing X-ray Pulsar OAO1657-415. Astrophysical Journal 573 , pp. 789-793. 10.1086/340746

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We have measured the precise position of the 38 s eclipsing X-ray pulsar OAO 1657-415 with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory: (J2000) = 17h00m4890, (J2000) = -4139216, error radius = 05. Based on the previously measured pulsar mass function and X-ray eclipse duration, this 10.4 day high-mass X-ray binary is believed to contain a B supergiant companion. Deep optical imaging of the field did not detect any stars at the Chandra source position, setting a limit of V > 23. However, near-infrared imaging revealed a relatively bright star (J = 14.1, H = 11.9, Ks = 10.7) coincident with the Chandra position, and we identify this star as the infrared counterpart of OAO 1657-415. The infrared colors and magnitudes and the optical nondetections for this star are all consistent with a highly reddened B supergiant (AV = 20.4

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: binaries: close; binaries: eclipsing; pulsars: individual (OAO 1657–415); stars: neutron
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:41

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