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Title Searching for Wolf – Rayet X-ray binaries in six nearby starburst galaxies
Author Ψαρράς, Κωνσταντίνος
Thesis advisor Ζέζας, Ανδρέας
Abstract In this work, we present a study of the optical counterparts of the X-ray sources in six nearby starburst galaxies, and we combine data from the Chandra X-ray source catalogue and the Hubble Source catalogue. Moreover, they are nearby, so we can detect individual bright stars. First, we cross-correlate the very massive early-type stars with the X-ray sources, for 0.5 arcsec and 1.0 arcsec, in order to look for High-mass X-ray binaries, and more specifically for Wolf-Rayet stars as donors. For the HST data, we use the magnitude values in B, V and I filters and we calculate the absolute magnitudes with information given by NED – NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, to create colour – magnitude diagrams for each galaxy. We show the shape of the galaxies, the position of the X-ray sources and the position of the massive stars for the X-ray sources’ 0.5 arcsec and 1.0 arcsec error circle. Also, we quantify the chance coincidence probability for the X-ray sources that matched with the screened optical counterparts. This way we are able to assess the reliability of the optical matches to the X-ray sources, for each galaxy separately. Next, we discuss these results focusing on the nature of the optical sources of the X-ray sources. Subsequently, in order to understand their nature in a better way, we compare their location on the colour – magnitude diagram with isochrones of different ages. We use the MIST database for v/vcrit=0.4 for HST’s different cameras and for different values of metallicity for each galaxy. In the end, we classify the found HXRBs, and we focus on the Wolf-Rayet X-ray binaries candidates and the properties of the optical counterparts that account for Wolf-Rayet stars.
Language English
Issue date 2022-04-01
Collection   School/Department--School of Sciences and Engineering--Department of Physics--Graduate theses
  Type of Work--Graduate theses
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