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Strong Field Gravity and Quasi-Periodic Oscillations from Low-Mass X-ray Binaries

  • L. Stella
  • M. Vietri
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Abstract

The relativistic precession model for quasi periodic oscillations, QPOs, in low mass X-ray binaries is reviewed. The behaviour of three simultaneous types of QPOs is well matched in terms of the fundamental frequencies for geodesic motion in the strong field of the accreting compact object for reasonable star masses and spin frequencies. The model works for neutron star as well as black hole candidate systems, as it ascribes the higher frequency kHz QPOs, the lower frequency kHz QPOs and the horizontal branch oscillations to the Keplerian, periastron precession and nodal precession frequencies of matter orbiting close to the inner edge of the accretion disk. The remarkable correlation between the centroid frequency of QPOs in both neutron star and black hole candidate low mass X-ray binaries is very well fit by the model. Some testable predictions are described. QPOs from low mass X-ray binaries might provide an unprecedented laboratory to test strong field general relativity.

Keywords

Neutron Star Accretion Disk Centroid Frequency Epicyclic Frequency Burst Oscillation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Osservatorio Astronomico di RomaMonteporzio Catone (Roma)Italy
  2. 2.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità Roma 3RomaItaly

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