Monday, July 15, 2013

1307.3258 (Mukremin Kilic et al.)

The Runaway Binary LP 400-22 is Leaving the Galaxy    [PDF]

Mukremin Kilic, A. Gianninas, Warren R. Brown, Hugh C. Harris, Conard C. Dahn, M. A. Agueros, Craig O. Heinke, S. J. Kenyon, J. A. Panei, Fernando Camilo
We present optical spectroscopy, astrometry, radio, and X-ray observations of the runaway binary LP 400-22. We refine the orbital parameters of the system based on our new radial velocity observations. Our parallax data indicate that LP 400-22 is significantly more distant (3 sigma lower limit of 840 pc) than initially predicted. LP 400-22 has a tangential velocity in excess of 830 km/s; it is unbound to the Galaxy. Our radio and X-ray observations fail to detect a recycled millisecond pulsar companion, indicating that LP 400-22 is a double white dwarf system. This essentially rules out a supernova runaway ejection mechanism. Based on its orbit, a Galactic center origin is also unlikely. However, its orbit intersects the locations of several globular clusters; dynamical interactions between LP 400-22 and other binary stars or a central black hole in a dense cluster could explain the origin of this unusual binary.
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