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Name 072313
Title A Search for X-ray Reverberation in the Ultraluminous X-ray Source NGC 5408 X-1


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ywf1sou
Author Dr Tod Strohmayer
Description We propose simultaneous optical (VLT-FORS2) and X-ray (XMM-Newton) observations of the ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) NGC 5408 X-1 (hereafter X-1) in order to search for the signatures of X-ray reprocessing in its accretion disk. Our proposed observations will enable the first sensitive search for X-ray - optical correlations in a ULX and will address key questions regarding the nature of the accretor in X-1. For example, detection of an X-ray -- optical correlation, a signature of reprocessing, will establish that the optical flux is largely produced in the accretion disk and not the companion star. Measurement of X-ray optical time lags can lead to a mass estimate via the techniques of reverberation mapping.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2014-02-11T00:29:41Z/2014-02-13T10:23:35Z
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 2015-03-04T23:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2015-03-04T23:00:00Z, 072313, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ywf1sou