X-ray and UV observations of V751 Cygni in an optical high state
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
Received: 8 August 2014
Accepted: 13 September 2014
Aims. The VY Scl system (anti-dwarf nova) V751 Cyg is examined following a claim of a super-soft spectrum in the optical low state.
Methods. A serendipitous XMM-Newton X-ray observation and, 21 months later, Swift X-ray and UV observations, have provided the best such data on this source so far. These optical high-state datasets are used to study the flux and spectral variability of V751 Cyg.
Results. Both the XMM-Newton and Swift data show evidence for modulation of the X-rays for the first time at the known 3.467 h orbital period of V751 Cyg. In two Swift observations, taken ten days apart, the mean X-ray flux remained unchanged, while the UV source brightened by half a magnitude. The X-ray spectrum was not super-soft during the optical high state, but rather due to multi-temperature optically thin emission, with significant (10 cm) absorption, which was higher in the observation by Swift than that of XMM-Newton. The X-ray flux is harder at orbital minimum, suggesting that the modulation is related to absorption, perhaps linked to the azimuthally asymmetric wind absorption seen previously in H.
Key words: binaries: general / novae, cataclysmic variables / X-rays: stars / ultraviolet: stars / stars: individual: V751 Cyg
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