Low-mass X-ray binaries ejected from globular clusters [HEAP]


We explore the population of mass-transferring binaries ejected from globular clusters (GCs) with both black hole (BH) and neutron star (NS) accretors. We use a set of 137 fully evolved globular cluster models which span a large range in cluster properties and, overall, match very well the properties of old GCs observed in the Milky Way. We identify all binaries ejected from our set of models that eventually undergo mass-transfer. These binaries are ejected from their host clusters over a wide range of ejection times and include white dwarf, giant, and main sequence donors. We calculate the orbits of these ejected systems in the Galactic potential to determine their present-day positions in the Galaxy and compare to the distribution of observed low-mass X-ray binaries (XRBs) in the Milky Way. We estimate $\sim 300$ mass-transferring NS binaries and $\sim 180$ mass-transferring BH binaries may currently be present in the Milky Way that originated from within GCs. Of these, we estimate, based on mass-transfer rates and duty cycles at the present time, at most a few would be observable as BH–XRBs and NS–XRBs at the present day. Based on our results, XRBs that originated from GCs are unlikely to contribute significantly to the total population of low-mass XRBs in the Galactic field.

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K. Kremer, S. Chatterjee, C. Rodriguez, et. al.
Thu, 15 Feb 18

Comments: Submitted to ApJ. Comments welcome