We report the discovery of a new ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in the nearby galaxy NGC 4244 from Chandra archival data. The source, 1WGA J1216.9+3743, is one of the least luminous and softest ULXs discovered so far. Its X-ray spectrum is the best available for a representative of the soft ULXs, a class of sources recently discovered by Chandra and XMM-Newton. 1WGA J1216.9+3743 appears pointlike in the Chandra image and has a complex spectral shape; a multicolor disk model, suitable for brighter ULXs, is inadequate for this source. The 1WGA J1216.9+3743 spectrum is heavily absorbed (N-H similar to 1-4 x 10(21) cm(-2)) and very soft. The best-fit power-law model gives Gamma similar to 5 and implies a luminosity L(0.5-10 keV) similar to 10(39) ergs s(-1). A comparison with previous detections shows that, despite the variability displayed by the source during the Chandra observation, the 1WGA J1216.9+3743 count rate, spectral shape, and absorption are practically unchanged over a 9 yr period. We also performed deep optical imaging of the field containing the X-ray source and found a possible R similar to 23.7 counterpart.
|Titolo:||1WGA J1216.9+3743: Chandra finds an extremely steep ultraluminous X-ray source|
|Autori:||Cagnoni, I.; Turolla, R.; Treves, A.; Huang, J. -S.; Kim, D. W.; Elvis, M.; Celotti, A.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1086/344711|
|Fulltext via DOI:||10.1086/344711|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|