An X-Ray Spectroscopic Study of the SMC X-1/Sk 160 System

Kavli Affiliate: George W. Clark

| First 5 Authors: Patrick S. Wojdowski, George W. Clark, Timothy R. Kallman, ,

| Summary:

We have investigated the composition and distribution of the wind of Sk 160,
the supergiant companion of the X-ray star SMC X-1, by comparing an X-ray
spectrum of the source, obtained with the ASCA observatory, during an eclipse
with the computed spectra of reprocessed radiation from circumstellar matter
with various density distributions. We show that the metal abundance in the
wind of Sk 160 is no greater than a few tenths of solar, as has been determined
for other objects in the Magellanic Clouds. We also show that the observed
X-ray spectrum is not consistent with the density distributions of
circumstellar matter of the spherically symmetric form derived for line-driven
winds, nor with the density distribution derived from a hydrodynamic simulation
of the X-ray perturbed and line-driven wind by Blondin & Woo (1995).

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