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2015ApJ...807...52A - Astrophys. J., 807, 52 (2015/July-1)

A low-mass main-sequence star and accretion disk in the very faint X-ray transient M15 X-3.


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We present near-simultaneous/Hubble Space Telescope () observations of the very faint (Lx< 1036 erg/s) X-ray transient source M15 X-3, as well as unpublished archival observations of M15 X-3. The observations constrain the luminosity of M15 X-3 to be <1034 erg/s in all observed epochs. The X-ray spectrum shows evidence of curvature, and prefers a fit to a broken power law with break energy keV, and power-law indices of and over a single power law. We fit our new F438W (B), F606W (broad V), and F814W (I) HST data on the blue optical counterpart with a model for an accretion disk and a metal-poor main-sequence star. From this fit, we determine the companion to be consistent with a main-sequence star of mass M in a ∼4 hr orbit. X-ray irradiation of the companion is likely to be a factor in the optical emission from the system, which permits the companion to be smaller than calculated above, but larger than 0.15 Mat the 3σ confidence level. M15 X-3 seems to be inconsistent with all suggested hypotheses explaining very faint transient behavior, except for magnetospherically inhibited accretion.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - galaxies: clusters: individual: M15 - stars: neutron - techniques: photometric - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: individual: M15 X-3

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