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2002ApJ...581L..93L - Astrophys. J., 581, L93-L96 (2002/December-3)

An ultraluminous X-ray object with a 2 hour period in M51.


Abstract (from CDS):

Ultraluminous X-ray objects (ULXs) are off-nucleus point sources with LX=1039-1041 ergs.s–1, but the nature of such systems is largely unidentified. Here we report a 2.1 hr period observed in a Chandra ACIS observation for ULX M51 X-7, which is located on the edge of a young star cluster in the star-forming region in a spiral arm. In two ACIS observations separated by 1 yr, the ULX changed from a high-hard to a low-soft spectral state, in contrast to most Galactic low-mass X-ray binaries. On the basis of its period and spectral behaviors, we suggest that this ULX is a low-mass X-ray binary system, with a dwarf companion of 0.2-0.3 Mand a compact accretor, either a neutron star or a black hole, whose mass is not well constrained. Relativistic beaming effects are likely involved to produce the observed high X-ray luminosities, given its low accretion rate as inferred from a sustainable accretion scenario via Roche lobe overflow.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Individual: Messier Number: M51 - X-Rays: Binaries

CDS comments: The ULX object is [RW2000] NGC 5194 X- 7

Simbad objects: 7

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