Dec 11 – 15, 2023
Tsung-Dao Lee Institute
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Geometry of accretion flow in ULX pulsars

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Hall # 10

Hall # 10

Invited/Solicited talk in mini-symposium Accretion Processes


Dr Alexander Mushtukov (University of Oxford)


The recent discovery of pulsating ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) shows that the apparent luminosity of accreting magnetised neutron stars - X-ray pulsars (XRPs) - can exceed the Eddington luminosity by a factor of 100s. The relation between the actual and apparent luminosity is a key ingredient in theoretical models of ULXs, but it is still under debate. It is expected that extreme accretion in XRPs results in radiation-driven outflows launched from the inner parts of the accretion disc. The outflows affect the apparent luminosity of the XRPs and their pulsations through the geometrical beaming. I will discuss global geometry of accretion flow in ULX pulsars, the recent results based on modelling geometrical beaming and ideas related to possible mechanisms of pulse formation. I will demonstrate that strong amplification of luminosity due to the collimation of X-ray photons is inconsistent with a large pulsed fraction observed in ULXs.

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Dr Alexander Mushtukov (University of Oxford)

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