Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We have obtained I-band photometry of the neutron star X-ray transient Aql X-1 during quiescence. We find a periodicity at 2.487 cycles d−1, which we interpret as twice the orbital frequency (19.30±0.05 h). Folding the data on the orbital period, we model the light-curve variations as the ellipsoidal modulation of the secondary star. We determine the binary inclination to be 20°–30° (90 per cent confidence) and also determine the 95 per cent upper limits to the radial velocity semi-amplitude and rotational broadening of the secondary star to be 117 and 50 km s−1, respectively.
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Shahbaz, T.; Thorstensen, J. R.; Charles, P. A.; and Sherman, N. D., "Aquila X-1: A Low-Inclination Soft X-Ray Transient" (1998). Open Dartmouth: Peer-reviewed articles by Dartmouth faculty. 1877.