Low luminosity X-ray sources and their optical counterparts in the globular cluster NGC 362: the Chandra/HST perspective

B. Beck-Winchatz, L. Homer, D. Pooley, C.G. Bassa, S.F. Anderson, W.H.G. Lewin, B. Margon, F.W.M. Verbunt, A.K.H. Kong, R.M. Plotkin

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Abstract

The combination of highly sensitive and precise X-ray imaging from Chandra and the superb spatial resolution of HST optical images have dramatically enhanced our empirical understanding of compact binaries (e.g., cataclysmic variables and low-mass X-ray binaries), their progeny, and other stellar X-ray source populations deep into the cores of globular clusters. Our Chandra X-ray images toward the globular cluster NGC 362 reveal nearly 100 X-ray sources, the bulk of which are likely associated with the cluster. Using CMD, color-color, and multiepoch imaging data from HST, we quantitatively consider the optical content of the NGC 362 Chandra X-ray error circles, especially to assess and identify the compact binary population in this crowded, possibly core-collapsed, globular cluster.
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Pages (from-to)212
Number of pages1
JournalBulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Volume41
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2009

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