AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 6 Black Holes: Winds, Blobs, Screams and All
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[6.03] Galactic Center X-ray Binary Candidate Screams for Attention

V. J. Mikles, S. S. Eikenberry (UF), M. P. Muno (UCLA), R. M. Bandyopadhyay (UF), S. G. Patel (UCSC)

We present a candidate X-ray binary discovered as part of a spectroscopic survey of the Galactic Center. Observations with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility reveal an object with strong emission lines, including Brackett-gamma and HeI. P-Cygni absorption of the He 2.058-micron line is indicative of probable wind activity around a massive star. The X-ray spectrum has very prominent Fe 6.7-keV emission. We compare the source to both known wind-colliding binaries and high-mass X-ray binaries and tentatively conclude that this is more likely to be a compact object binary. This research is funded in part by an NSF CAREER Award.

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