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Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana

The investigation of particle acceleration in colliding-wind massive binaries with SIMBOL-X.

M. De Becker1, G. Rauw1, J.M. Pittard2, R. Blomme3, G.E. Romero4,5, H. Sana6 and I.R. Stevens7

1 Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique - Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août, Bât B5c, B-4000 Liège (Sart Tilman), Belgium
2 School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
3 Royal Observatory of Belgium, 3, Ringlaan, B-1180, Brussels, Belgium
4 Facultad de Ciencias Astronomícas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
5 Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía, C.C.5, (1894) Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, 19 Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
7 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT, UK


     An increasing number of early-type (O and Wolf-Rayet) colliding wind binaries (CWBs) is known to accelerate particles up to relativistic energies. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton (IC) scattering are expected to produce a high energy spectrum, in addition to the strong thermal emission from the shock-heated plasma. SIMBOL-X will be the ideal observatory to investigate the hard X-ray spectrum (above 10 keV) of these systems, i.e. where it is no longer dominated by the thermal emission. Such observations are strongly needed to constrain the models aimed at understanding the physics of particle acceleration in CWB. Such systems are important laboratories for investigating the underlying physics of particle acceleration at high Mach number shocks, and probe a different region of parameter space than studies of supernova remnants.

Key words
Stars: early-type -- Radiation mechanisms: non-thermal -- X-rays: stars -- Acceleration of particles

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