Astronomy Reports

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 232–242

The mass of the black hole in the X-ray binary M33 X-7 and the evolutionary status of M33 X-7 and IC 10 X-1

  • M. K. Abubekerov
  • E. A. Antokhina
  • A. I. Bogomazov
  • A. M. Cherepashchuk
Article

DOI: 10.1134/S1063772909030056

Cite this article as:
Abubekerov, M.K., Antokhina, E.A., Bogomazov, A.I. et al. Astron. Rep. (2009) 53: 232. doi:10.1134/S1063772909030056

Abstract

We have analyzed the observed radial-velocity curve for the X-ray binary M33 X-7 in a Roche model. We have analyzed the dependence between the component masses and the degree of filling of the optical star’s Roche lobe to obtain the ratio of the masses of the optical star and compact object. For the most probable mass of the optical star, mv = 70 M⊙, the mass of the compact object is mx = 15.55 ± 3.20 M⊙. It has been shown that black holes with masses of mx = 15 M⊙ and even higher can form in binaries. We present characteristic evolutionary tracks for binary systems passing through an evolutionary stage with properties similar to M33 X-7-type objects. According to population-synthesis analyses, such binaries should be present in galaxies with masses of at least 1011M⊙. The present number of such systems in M33 should be of the order of unity. We have also studied the evolutionary status of the X-ray binary IC 10 X-1 with a Wolf-Rayet component, which may contain a massive black hole. The final stages of the evolution of the M33 X-7 and IC 10 X-1 systems should be accompanied by the radiation of gravitational waves.

PACS numbers

97.80.Jp97.80.Fk97.10.Nf97.10.Cv97.60.Lf

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Abubekerov
    • 1
  • E. A. Antokhina
    • 1
  • A. I. Bogomazov
    • 1
  • A. M. Cherepashchuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia