The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152

Jesús M. Corral-Santana, Manuel A.P. Torres, Tariq Shahbaz, Elizabeth S. Bartlett, Dave Russell, K. H.Kong Albert, Jorge Casares, Teodoro Muñoz-Darias, Franz E. Bauer, Jeroen Homan, G. Jonker Peter, Mata Śanchez Daniel Mata Śanchez, Thomas Wevers, Rodŕiguez-Gil Pablo Rodŕiguez-Gil, Fraser Lewis, Laurien Schreuder

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We present 5 yr of optical and infrared data of the black hole candidate MAXI J1659-152 covering its 2010 outburst, decay, and quiescence. Combining optical data taken during the outburst decay, we obtain an orbital period of 2.414 ± 0.005 h, in perfect agreement with the value previously measured from X-ray dips. In addition, we detect a clear Ha excess in MAXI J1659-152 with data taken during the outburst decay. We also detect a single hump modulation most likely produced by irradiation. Assuming that the maximum occurs at orbital phase 0.5, we constrain the phase of the X-ray dips to be ~0.65. We also detect the quiescent optical counterpart at r' = 24.20 ± 0.08, I = 23.32 ± 0.02, and H = 20.7 ± 0.1. These magnitudes provide colour indices implying an M2-M5 donor star assuming 60 per cent contribution from a disc component in the r' band.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberstx3156
Pages (from-to)1036-1045
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume475
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2018

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Keywords

  • Binaries: close
  • Stars: black holes
  • X-rays: binaries
  • X-rays: individual: MAXI J1659-152

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Corral-Santana, J. M., Torres, M. A. P., Shahbaz, T., Bartlett, E. S., Russell, D., Albert, K. H. K., ... Schreuder, L. (2018). The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475(1), 1036-1045. [stx3156]. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx3156

The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152. / Corral-Santana, Jesús M.; Torres, Manuel A.P.; Shahbaz, Tariq; Bartlett, Elizabeth S.; Russell, Dave; Albert, K. H.Kong; Casares, Jorge; Muñoz-Darias, Teodoro; Bauer, Franz E.; Homan, Jeroen; Peter, G. Jonker; Daniel Mata Śanchez, Mata Śanchez; Wevers, Thomas; Pablo Rodŕiguez-Gil, Rodŕiguez-Gil; Lewis, Fraser; Schreuder, Laurien.

In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 475, No. 1, stx3156, 21.03.2018, p. 1036-1045.

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Corral-Santana, JM, Torres, MAP, Shahbaz, T, Bartlett, ES, Russell, D, Albert, KHK, Casares, J, Muñoz-Darias, T, Bauer, FE, Homan, J, Peter, GJ, Daniel Mata Śanchez, MŚ, Wevers, T, Pablo Rodŕiguez-Gil, R-G, Lewis, F & Schreuder, L 2018, 'The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 475, no. 1, stx3156, pp. 1036-1045. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx3156
Corral-Santana JM, Torres MAP, Shahbaz T, Bartlett ES, Russell D, Albert KHK et al. The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 2018 Mar 21;475(1):1036-1045. stx3156. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx3156
Corral-Santana, Jesús M. ; Torres, Manuel A.P. ; Shahbaz, Tariq ; Bartlett, Elizabeth S. ; Russell, Dave ; Albert, K. H.Kong ; Casares, Jorge ; Muñoz-Darias, Teodoro ; Bauer, Franz E. ; Homan, Jeroen ; Peter, G. Jonker ; Daniel Mata Śanchez, Mata Śanchez ; Wevers, Thomas ; Pablo Rodŕiguez-Gil, Rodŕiguez-Gil ; Lewis, Fraser ; Schreuder, Laurien. / The long-term optical evolution of the black hole candidate MAXIJ1659-152. In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 2018 ; Vol. 475, No. 1. pp. 1036-1045.
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