Compact stars in low-mass X-ray binaries

Compact Stars in low-mass X-ray binaries


We propose a model for compact stars in low-mass X-ray binaries(LMXBs) namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52(Guver, 2010; Ozel, 2012, 2009). Here we investigate the physical phenomena of compact stars in the LMXBs. Using our model, we have calculated central density (), surface density(), mass(M) and red-shift() for the above mentioned compact stars, which is very much consistent with the reported data. We also obtain the possible equation of state(EOS) of the stars which is physically acceptable.

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I Introduction

Compact objects in the low-mass X-ray binaries(LMXBs) takes much attention to the astrophysicists for the last few years. In LMXBs, possible compact objects are Neutron Star/Strange Star. Neutron stars are composed almost entirely of neutrons ,while strange stars are of quark matter, or strange matter. Few hundred of LMXBs have been detected in the Milky Way, and only very few LMXBs have been discovered in globular clusters. Chandra X-ray Observatory data has revealed LMXBs in many distant galaxies. A low-mass X-ray binary emits radiation mostly in X-rays. They emit radiation which is less than one percent in visible region. Accretion disk around the compact object is the brightest one of it. LMXBs have the orbital period range from ten minutes to several hundred days. Among the LMXBs, the possible existence of Neutron Star/Strange Star are EXO 1745-248, KS 1731-260, 4U 1608-52(Guver, 2010; Ozel, 2012, 2009). Many researchers studied(Rahaman, 2012; Kalam, 2012a; Hossein, 2012; Rahaman, 2012; Kalam, 2012b, 2013; Lobo, 2006; Bronnikov, 2006; Egeland, 2007; Dymnikova, 2002) compact stars in various directions. Scientists used different techniques such as computational, observational or theoretical analysis to study astrophysical objects.Tolman(Tolman, 1939) proposed an isotropic static solutions for a sphere of fluid. He pointed out that due to some complexity of the VII-th solution (among the eight different solutions), it is not possible to explain the physical behavior(obviously there is a misprint in the original article in Tolman VII solution)of a star. We have some curiosities about the conclusion. Therefore, considering the isotropic model (which Tolman assume), we wanted to explain the physical behaviour of the compact objects in the low-mass X-ray binaries by taking the corrected metric.

In this article, we compare our results ( mass, radius, central density, surface density and surface red-shift ) with the compact stars in the LMXBs and it is found to be consistent with the reported datas(Guver, 2010; Ozel, 2012, 2009).
We organize the article as follows:
In Sec II, we have discuss the interior spacetime and behavior of the star. In Sec. III, we discuss the matching conditions. In Sec. IV, we have studied some special features of the star namely, TOV equation, Energy conditions, Stability, Mass-radius relation, Compactness, Surface redshift and possible Equation of State(EOS) in different sub-sections. The article concluded with a short discussion with numerical datas.

Ii Interior Spacetime of the star

We consider the interior space-time as:


Tolman (Tolman, 1939) proposed such type of metric (1) to develop a viable model for a spherical static isotropic fluid where ,, and are constants. We assume that the energy-momentum tensor for the interior of the compact star has the standard form


where and are energy-density and isotropic pressure respectively.

Einstein’s field equations for the metric (1) accordingly are obtained as ()




Now from eqn.(3) and eqn.(4) we have,

where and are the central and surface density of the star respectively. we assume as the radius of the star .

To check the dominancy of matter density and pressure at the centre of the star we observe that, they are maximum at the centre and decreases monotonically.

Therefore, the energy density and the pressure are well behaved in the interior of the stellar structure. Variations of the energy-density and pressure of the compact stars in LMXBs EXO 1745-248, KS 1731-260 and 4U 1608-52 have been shown in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2, respectively.

Iii Matching Conditions

Interior metric of the star will be matched to the Schwarzschild exterior solution


at the boundary i.e., at . For the continuity of the metric functions , and at the boundary, we get


Now from the equation  (9) , we get the compactification factor as


Iv Some special features

iv.1 TOV equation

For fluid distribution, the generalized TOV equation has the form


The modified TOV equation describes the equilibrium condition for the compact star subject to effective gravitational() and effective hydrostatic() force nature of the stellar object as




Therefore, the static equilibrium configurations do exist in the presence of gravitational and hydrostatic forces. FIG.3 shows the equilibrium condition under gravitational and hydrostatic forces .

iv.2 Energy conditions

In our model,all the energy conditations, namely, null energy condition(NEC), weak energy condition(WEC), strong energy condition(SEC) and dominant energy condition(DEC), are satisfied at the centre (). It is evident from FIG. 1, FIG. 2 and the table given below the following energy conditions holds good:
(i) NEC: ,
(ii) WEC: , ,
(iii) SEC: , ,
(iv) DEC: .

iv.3 Stability

For a physically acceptable model, velocity of sound should be within the range (Herrera, 1992; Abreu et al., 2007). In our isotropic model, . We plot the sound speed of the compact stars in LMXBs EXO 1745-248, KS 1731-260 and 4U 1608-52 respectively in FIG.4 and observed that it satisfies well the inequalities . Therfore our model is well stabled.

iv.4 Mass-Radius relation and Surface redshift

Here, we studied the maximum allowable mass-radius ratio. According to Buchdahl (Buchdahl, 1959), for a static spherically symmetric perfect fluid, allowable mass-radius ratio is given by . In our model, the gravitational mass (M) in terms of the energy density can be expressed as


The compactness, u is given by


The nature of the Mass and Compactness of the star are shown in FIG. 5 and FIG.6. We also measured the mass of the star in different LMXBs (shown in the table), which are very much consistent with the reported data (Guver, 2010; Ozel, 2012, 2009).

Compact Star in LXMB (km) (km) (km) () (gm/cc) (gm/cc)
EXO 1745-248 9.0 9.5 15 1.5234 1.989 x 10 0.07345 x 10 0.3744
KS 1731-260 9.0 10.5 16.2 2.34 1.989 x 10 0.26678 x 10 0.7029
4U 1608-52 9.0 9.8 15.2 1.65 1.989 x 10 0.05594 x 10 0.4065
Table 1: Values of the model parameters for different Compact Stars in LMXBs .

The surface redshift () corresponding to the above compactness () is as follows:




Therefore, the maximum surface redshift for the isotropic compact stars of different radius in LMXBs can be calculated very easily(see the table and FIG. 7).

iv.5 Equation of State

Here we will find a relation between density and pressure of the star to get an EOS of the compact star. From eqn(3) and eqn.(4) we have,


For each fixed r, A and R we have,


where and .

Now it will be of the form if and only if either or . But E cannot be equal to zero for a compact star, as radius of the star is always finite. From FIG. 8 it is clear that may happen according to our model if the value of C in Tolman-VII metric is when we take A = 15 and radious of the star is . So, for this type of compact star of radious less than 10, EOS may be of the form for non zero T, if . Otherwise it must be of the form . Surprisingly, from the FIG.8, we observe that for a star of radius upto 7 km (approximately) the matter behaves like phantom! Therefore it demands further investigation.

V Discussion

In this article, we have investigated the nature of the compact stars in the low-mass X-ray binaries(LMXBs) namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52(Guver, 2010; Ozel, 2012, 2009) by considering it as isotropic in nature (which Tolman (Tolman, 1939) also assumed) and the space-time of it to be described by Tolman VII metric.

The results are quite interesting, which are as follows: (i) Density and pressure variation of the interior of the compact stars in LMXBs namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52 are well behaved[FIG.1 and FIG.2].(ii) It satisfies TOV equation and energy conditions [FIG.1,FIG.2 and FIG.3].(iii) Our compact star model is well stable according to Herrera stability condition (Herrera, 1992). (iv) From mass-radius relation, any interior features of the compact stars in LMXBs namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52 can be evaluated.(v) According to our model the surface redshift for the compact stars in LMXBs namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52 of radius km are found to be and also in the absence of the cosmological constant we get which is satisfactory(Buchdahl, 1959).
Therefore overall observation of the physical behavior of compact stars in LMXBs namely KS 1731-260, EXO 1745-248 and 4U 1608-52 under Tolman VII metric is justified.


MK and SMH gratefully acknowledge support from IUCAA, Pune, India under Visiting Associateship under which a part of this work was carried out.


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