Barnard, R.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J.P.
Tracing a Z-track in the M 31 X-ray binary RX J0042.6+4115.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 411(3) pp. 553–557.
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Four XMM-Newton observations of the core of M 31, spaced at 6 month intervals, show that the brightest point X-ray source, RX J0042.6+4115, has a 0.4-10 keV luminosity of ~ 5x1038 erg s -1, and exhibits significant variability in intensity and X-ray spectrum over a time scale of ~100 s including hard flares; such behaviour is only observed in Z-sources and transient black hole binaries in our Galaxy. The lightcurves, X-ray spectra and hardness-intensity data from the four XMM-Newton observations all strongly suggest that it is a Z-source, bringing the total number of known Z-sources to nine.
|External Project Funding Details:
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||Article published by EDP Sciences and available at http://www.edpsciences.org/aa or http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20031513
||X-rays; galaxies; M 31; binaries
||Science > Physical Sciences
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:
||Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
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||17 Jul 2006
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