Vol 10, No 7

On Be/X-ray binaries with an intermediate-mass black hole

Tao Li, Xiang-Dong Li


Abstract We adopt the tidal truncation model proposed by Negueruela and Okazaki for Be/X-ray binaries to investigate the influence of intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) on Be-star disks. We show that the viscous decretion disks around Be stars are generally truncated ineffectively under the tidal force of IMBHs. Combining this with observations of Be/X-ray binaries, we suggest that Be/IMBH X-ray binaries may appear as recurrent luminous X-ray transients with quasi-periodic X-ray outbursts.


Keywords black hole physics—circumstellar matter—stars: emission-line, Be— X-rays: binaries

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