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Title: An X-ray, optical and infra-red study of high-mass X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Author: Townsend, Lee John
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 8686
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2012
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The known population of high-mass X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud is continually growing and is now a similar size to that of the Milky Way, despite a significant mass difference between the two galaxies. In this thesis, I present multi-wavelength observations of Be/X-ray binaries that have undergone an outburst during the past three years, including the discovery of new systems and extended outbursts from previously known sources. The results are discussed in terms of both the underlying physics of individual outbursts and how the growing SMC population is helping our understanding of the formation and evolution of highmass X-ray binaries. In particular, I describe the orbital analysis of every extended X-ray outburst detected by the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer and present the first significant sample of systems outside of the Milky Way for which a binary orbital solution is known.
Supervisor: Coe, Malcolm Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QB Astronomy ; QC Physics