A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 014277
Title Probing the nature of ultraluminous X-ray sources with XMM-NEWTON


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-zbcqigg
Author Dr Timothy Roberts
Description Ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULX) are an intriguing new class of object discovered in X-ray imaging observations of nearby galaxies. Here we propose XMM-NEWTON observations of two of the currently best-studied ULX, NGC 4559 X-1 and NGC 5204 X-1. We will use the EPIC CCD cameras to obtain high quality X-ray spectra and, through repeat observations, investigate their spectral variability. In particular, we will be looking for behavior that could underline similarities between ULX and Galactic X-ray binaries with jets, such as the microquasars. The OM will provide UV colours for the blue counterpart to NGC 5204 X-1, and allow a search for a similar counterpart to NGC 4559 X-1. This programme will provide us with considerable new insight on the ULX phenomenon.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2003-01-06T01:07:32Z/2003-04-25T18:46:20Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2004-05-21T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2004-05-21T00:00:00Z, 014277, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-zbcqigg