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2012ApJ...758...85T - Astrophys. J., 758, 85 (2012/October-3)

Chandra and Hubble space telescope observations of the supersoft ULX in NGC 247: candidate for standard disk emission.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report on multiwavelength observations of the supersoft ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in NGC 247 made with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope. We aligned the X-ray and optical images using three objects present on both and identified a unique, point-like optical counterpart to the ULX. The X-ray to optical spectrum is well fitted with an irradiated disk model if the extinction measured for Cepheids in NGC 247 is used. Assuming only Galactic extinction, the spectrum can be modeled as a standard thin accretion disk. Either result leads to the conclusion that a disk interpretation of the X-ray spectrum is valid, thus the source may be in the X-ray thermal state and contain an intermediate-mass black hole of at least 600 M. In contrast to other supersoft ULXs that are transient and exhibit a luminosity temperature relation inconsistent with a disk interpretation of the X-ray emission, the NGC 247 ULX has a relatively steady flux and all available X-ray data are consistent with emission from a disk in the thermal state.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - black hole physics - galaxies: individual: NGC 247 - X-rays: binaries

Simbad objects: 16

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