We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

The thermal-radiative wind in low mass X-ray binary H~1743-322; radiation hydrodynamic simulations.

Tomaru, Ryota and Done, Chris and Ohsuga, Ken and Nomura, Mariko and Takahashi, Tadayuki (2019) 'The thermal-radiative wind in low mass X-ray binary H~1743-322; radiation hydrodynamic simulations.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 490 (3). pp. 3098-3111.


Blueshifted absorption lines are seen in high inclination black hole binary systems in their disc dominated states, showing these power an equatorial disc wind. While some contribution from magnetic winds remain a possibility, thermal and thermal-radiative winds are expected to be present. We show results from radiation hydrodynamic simulations which show that the additional radiation force from atomic features (bound-free and lines) are important along with electron scattering. Together, these increase the wind velocity at high inclinations, so that they quantitatively match the observations in H 1743-322, unlike purely thermal winds which are too slow. We highlight the role played by shadowing of the outer disc from the (sub grid) inner disc Compton heated layer, and show that the increase in shadow from the higher Compton temperature after the spectral transition to the hard state leads to strong suppression of the wind. Thermal-radiative winds explain all of the spectral features (and their disappearance) in this simplest wind system and magnetic winds play only a minor role. We speculate that thermal-radiative winds can explain all the spectral features seen in the more complex (larger disc size) binaries, GRO J1655-40 and GRS 1915+105, without requiring magnetic winds.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in the Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:04 August 2019
Date deposited:22 August 2019
Date of first online publication:03 October 2019
Date first made open access:31 October 2019

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar