The optical counterpart of the bright x-ray transient swift j1745-26

T. Muñoz-Darias, A. De Ugarte Postigo, D. M. Russell, S. Guziy, J. Gorosabel, J. Casares, M. Armas Padilla, P. A. Charles, R. P. Fender, T. M. Belloni, F. Lewis, S. Motta, A. Castro-Tirado, C. G. Mundell, R. Sánchez-Ramírez, C. C. Thöne

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We present a 30-day monitoring campaign of the optical counterpart of the bright X-ray transient Swift J1745-26, starting only 19min after the discovery of the source.We observe the system peaking at i~17.6 on day six (MJD 561 92) to then decay at a rate of ~0.04 mag d-1. We show that the optical peak occurs at least 3 d later than the hard X-ray (15-50 keV) flux peak. Our measurements result in an outburst amplitude greater than 4.3 mag, which favours an orbital period ≲21 h and a companion star with a spectral type later than ~A0. Spectroscopic observations taken with the Gran Telescopio de Canarias 10.4 m telescope reveal a broad (full width at half-maximum ~1100 km s-1), double-peaked Ha emission line from which we constrain the radial velocity semi-amplitude of the donor to be K2 > 250 km s-1. The breadth of the line and the observed optical and X-ray fluxes suggest that Swift J1745-26 is a new black hole candidate located closer than ~7 kpc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1137
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Accretion
  • Accretion discs
  • X-rays:binaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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