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Title: A study of X-ray binaries in the local universe
Author: Joseph, Tana
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 4554
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2013
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In this thesis I present the research carried out on X-ray binaries in the Local Universe. These X-ray binaries are found in a wide variety of environments and display an array of interesting characteristics. I present strong evidence for the discovery of a new black hole X-ray binary in a globular cluster of a nearby elliptical galaxy. At the time of discovery it was only the second such system known. I also present the first X-ray spectroscopic analysis of a source found in the central region of the nearby starburst galaxy, M82. This source is most likely a high mass X-ray binary system and displays peculiar X-ray characteristics relative to its behaviour at other wavelengths. I study the temporal and spectroscopic behaviour of the first black hole binary found in a globular cluster. The spectra of this source show evidence for a strong, soft X-ray emission line. I also study the global properties of X-ray binaries. I analyse the X-ray binary population of NGC4472, a nearby elliptical galaxy. I compare these sources to those of other galaxies and also analyse the characteristics of subpopulations of X-ray binaries within the galaxy
Supervisor: Coe, Malcolm Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC Physics