HEAD 2000, November 2000
Session 23. X-Ray Binaries
Display, Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 8:00am-6:00pm, Bora Bora Ballroom

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[23.02] The Small Magellanic Cloud - a nest of HMXBs

M. J. Coe (Southampton University), D. A. H. Buckley (SAAO), I. Negueruela (Strasbourg), R. H. D. Corbet (NASA/GSFC/USRA), P. Reig (FRT Crete), N. J. Haigh (Southampton University)

The Magellanic Clouds (MCs), especially the Small Magellanic Cloud, are proving to be a breeding ground for an exceptionally large number of High Mass X-ray Binaries (HMXB). This paper will review the HMXBs, and in particular Be/X-ray binaries in the MCs. Recent measurements at many wavelengths have revealed many new systems in the SMC that are probing at our understanding of massive binaries. Systems like RX J0050.7-7316 with its extremely short binary period (1.4d) and XTE J0111.2-7317 with a surrounding nebulosity (maybe the SNR from the creation of the neutron star? or a bow-shock?) are making valuable contributions to our understanding of the evolution of these objects in the MCs, and probably in our galaxy as well.

This paper will summarise the current state of our understanding of the SMC in the context of HMXBs.

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