Discovery of a quiescent neutron star binary in the globular cluster M 13

B Gendre, D Barret, N Webb

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We have discovered with XMM-Newton an X-ray source in the core of the globular cluster M13, whose X-ray spectral properties suggest that it is a quiescent neutron star X-ray binary. The spectrum can be well fitted with a pure hydrogen atmosphere model, with T-infinity=76+/-3 eV, R-infinity=12.8+/-0.4 km and an X-ray luminosity of 7.3+/-0.6x10(32) ergs s(-1). In the light of this result, we have discovered a strong correlation between the stellar encounter rate and the number of quiescent neutron stars found in the ten globular clusters observed so far by either XMM-Newton or Chandra. This result lends strong support to the idea that these systems are primarily produced by stellar encounters in the core of globular clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L11-L14
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes


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