A deep Chandra observation of the Wolf-Rayet + black hole binary NGC 300 X-1.
BINDER B., WILLIAMS B.F., ERACLEOUS M., GARCIA M.R., ANDERSON S.F. and GAETZ T.J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have obtained a 63 ks Chandra ACIS-I observation of the Wolf-Rayet + black hole binary NGC 300 X-1. We measure rapid low-amplitude variability in the 0.35-8 keV light curve. The power density spectrum has a power-law index γ = 1.02±0.15 consistent with an accreting black hole in a steep power-law state. When compared to previous studies of NGC 300 X-1 performed with XMM-Newton, we find the source at the low end of the previously measured 0.3-10 keV luminosity. The spectrum of NGC 300 X-1 is dominated by a power law (Γ = 2.0±0.3) with a contribution at low energies by a thermal component. We estimate the 0.3-10 keV luminosity to be 2.6+0.8–1.0x 1038 erg/s. The timing and spectroscopic properties of NGC 300 X-1 are consistent with being in a steep power-law state, similar to earlier observations performed with XMM-Newton. We additionally compare our observations to known high-mass X-ray binaries and ultraluminous X-ray sources, and find the properties of NGC 300 X-1 are most consistent with black hole high-mass X-ray binaries.