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Title: XMMU J134736.6+173403: An eclipsing LMXB in quiescence or a peculiar AGN?
Authors: Carpano, S.
Nucita, A.
Altieri, B.
King, A. R.
Leisy, P.
Leisy, P.
First Published: Mar-2008
Publisher: EDP Sciences for European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Citation: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2008, 480 (3), pp. 807-810
Abstract: Aims.We report the discovery of a peculiar object observed serendipitously with XMM-Newton. We present its timing and spectral properties and investigate its optical counterpart. Methods.The light curve of the X-ray source, its spectrum, and the spectrum of the best optical counterpart are presented and analyzed. Results.The X-ray flux decreases by a factor of 6.5 within 1 h and stays in a low state for at least 10 h, thereby suggesting the presence of an eclipse. The spectrum is very soft, a power law with a slope of $\Gamma\sim2.8$, and does not change significantly before and after the flux drop. The source is spatially coincident within few arc-seconds with a Seyfert 2 galaxy belonging to a galaxy pair. Conclusions.Although the background AGN seems the best counterpart, neither the temporal nor the spectral properties of the X-ray source are compatible with it. We investigate the possibility of having a foreground low-mass X-ray binary in quiescence, where the companion is not detected in the optical wavelength.
DOI Link: 10.1051/0004-6361:20079027
ISSN: 0004-6361
eISSN: 1432-0746
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2008 ESO. Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO.
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