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Paper: High Energy Phenomena in Supergiant X-Ray Binaries
Volume: 422, High Energy Phenomena in Massive Stars
Page: 243
Authors: Chaty, S.
Abstract: The INTEGRAL satellite has revealed a major population of Supergiant X-ray Binaries in our Galaxy, revolutionizing our understanding of high-mass binary systems and their evolution. This population, constituted of a compact object orbiting around a massive and luminous supergiant star, exhibits unusual properties, either being extremely absorbed, or showing very short and intense flares. An intensive set of multi-wavelength observations has led us to reveal their nature, and to show that these systems are wind-fed accretors, closely related to massive star forming regions. In this paper I describe the characteristics of these sources, showing that this newly revealed population is linked to the evolution of gamma-ray emitting massive stars with a compact companion.
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