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# SXP 323 - an unusual X-ray binary system in the Small Magellanic Cloud

06/2005; DOI:doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.09358.x
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT Spectroscopic observations taken with the VLT/UVES telescope/instrument are presented of the unusual Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) X-ray binary system SXP 323 = AX J0051-733. This system shows a clear modulation at 0.71d in long term optical photometry which has been proposed as the binary period of this system. The high resolution optical spectra, taken at a range of phases during the 0.71d cycle, rule out this possibility. Instead it is suggested that this long-term effect is due to Non Radial Pulsations (NRP) in the Be star companion to SXP 323. In addition, the spectra show clear evidence for major changes in the (V/R) ratio of the double peaks of the Balmer lines indicative of asymmetries in the circumstellar disk. The complex structure of the interstellar lines are also discussed in the context of the SMC structure. Comment: Accepted in MNRAS

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Balmer lines indicative

circumstellar disk

clear modulation

double peaks

major changes

NRP

phases

resolution optical spectra

SMC

SMC structure

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Spectroscopic observations

unusual Small Magellanic Cloud

VLT/UVES telescope/instrument