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This paper will review a new technique of detecting companion stars in LMXBs and X-ray transients in outburst using the Bowen fluorescence NIII lines at 4634-4640. These lines are very eficiently reprocessed in the atmospheres of the companion stars and, thereby, provide estimates of the K2 velocities and mass functions. The method has been applied to Sco X-1, X1822-371 and GX339-4 which, in the latter case, provides dynamical evidence for the presence of an accreting black hole. Preliminary results from a VLT campaign on V801 Ara, V926 Sco and XTE J1814-338 are also presented. © Copyright 2004: IA, UNAM).

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Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias

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