Numerical Simulations of the Evolution of High Mass X-Ray Binaries
High-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) consist of a massive star and a compact object such as a neutron star (NS) or black hole (BH). They are important for astrophysics as they provide insights into the life cycles of massive stars and the formation of compact objects. This thesis investigates the evolution of HMXBs, focusing on the influence of initial parameters such as mass, separation, eccentricity, and metallicity. The simulations reveal that the mass distribution and metallicity significantly impact the formation and evolution of HMXBs. We also explore other observable outcomes such as the luminosity of HMXBs and the overall shape of the distribution of the number of binaries at different epochs. These findings provide a deeper understanding of HMXBs and have significant implications for future astrophysical research.
astrophysics, HMXBs, Physics
Diehl, L. (2023). Numerical simulations of the evolution of high mass x-ray binaries (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.