HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 15. X-Ray Binaries
Poster, Tuesday, April 13, 1999, 8:30am-6:02pm, Gold Room

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[15.08] HMXRBs in the Magellanic Clouds

M.J. Coe (Southampton University), D.A.H. Buckley (S.A.A.O.), J.B. Stevens (Southampton University)

In the last few years there has been a large increase in the number of X-ray identified HMXRB systems in the Magellanic Clouds. In addition, many of these systems contain an X-ray pulsar. The exceptionally large large number of systems (compared to the density in the galaxy) is probably attributable to an unusually active period of star birth some 10E7 - 10E8 years ago.

We report here on an extensive ground-based optical and IR follow-up programme which has allowed us to identify many of these new systems with Be stars. We will present results demonstrating the identification and discuss the characteristics of these systems.


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