SMARTS Optical/IR Observations of X-ray Binaries

About the project

We are monitoring low-mass black-hole X-ray binaries at optical and near-infrared wavelengths on a daily to near-daily basis with the ANDICAM instrument on the SMARTS 1.3m telescope in Chile. In doing so we hope to learn more about the triggers of outbursts, accretion physics, and the onset of jets in these systems.

Data Release

Data reduction and analysis of our data follows closely that described in Buxton et al. (2012). The data on this site are public and may be used by other investigators. If you intend to make use of this data please inform our group by email to and send copies of any resulting publications, including telegrams. Please acknowledge us in your paper by including a citation to the Buxton et al. (2012), mentioned above, and with the following: "This paper has made use of up-to-date SMARTS optical/near-infrared light curves that are available at The Yale SMARTS XRB team is supported by NSF grants 0407063 and 070707 to Charles Bailyn." Please also include "SMARTS" as a facility keyword


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