A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 065551
Title Confirming spectral state transitions in ESO 243-49 HLX-1


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-v7t4d1w
Author Dr Sean Farrell
Description Swift monitoring of the intermediate mass black hole candidate ESO 243-49 HLX-1 found that in August 2009 it dropped in flux by an order of magnitude in conjunction with a possible spectral hardening. The limited throughput of the Swift XRT prevents us from confirming that HLX-1 undergoes transitions between the same canonical spectral states as Galactic black hole binaries. Having performed XMM observations in the high-soft state, we wish to obtain a high quality X-ray spectrum in the low state to confirm the hardening suggested by the XRT. This is the missing piece before conclusions can be drawn from the comparison of its spectral properties with those of Galactic black hole systems.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2010-05-14T08:35:03Z/2010-05-15T14:07:04Z
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 2011-06-09T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2011-06-09T00:00:00Z, 065551, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-v7t4d1w