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 X-Ray Wind Tomography of the highly absorbed HMXB IGR J17252-3616


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Our goal is to understand the specificities of highly absorbed sgHMXB and in particular of the companion stellar wind, thought to be responsible for the strong absorption. We have monitored IGR J17252-3616, a highly absorbed system featuring eclipses, with XMM-Newton to study the vari- ability of the column density and of the Fe K{\alpha} emission line along the orbit and during the eclipses. We also built a 3D model of the structure of the stellar wind to reproduce the observed variability. We first derived a refined orbital solution built from INTEGRAL, RXTE and XMM data. The XMM monitoring campaign revealed significant variation of intrinsic absorbing column density along the orbit and of the Fe K{\alpha} line equivalent width around the eclipses. The origin of the soft X-ray absorption is modeled with an dense and extended hydrodynamical tail, trailing the neutron star. This structure extends along most of the orbit, indicating that the stellar wind is strongly disrupted by the neutron star. The variability of the absorbing column density suggests that the terminal velocity of the wind is smaller ~400 km-s than observed in classical systems. This can also explain the much stronger density perturbation inferred from the observations. Most of the Fe K{\alpha} emission is generated in the most inner region of the hydrodynamical tail. This region, that extends over a few accretion radii, is ionized and does not contribute to the soft X-ray absorption. We have built a qualitative model of the stellar wind of IGR J17252-3616 that can represent the observations and suggest that highly absorbed systems have a lower wind velocity than classical sgHMXB. This proposal could be tested with de- tailed numerical simulations and high-resolution infrared-optical observations. If confirmed, it may turn out that half of the persistent sgHMXB have low stellar wind speeds.



Author: A. Manousakis; R. Walter

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