Volume 579, July 2015
|Number of page(s)||2|
|Published online||19 June 2015|
Searching for coherent pulsations in ultraluminous X-ray sources
1 Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
2 ISDC, Department of Astronomy, Université de Genève, chemin d’Écogia, 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
Received: 27 October 2014
Accepted: 10 March 2015
Luminosities of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are uncomfortably large when compared to the Eddington limit for isotropic accretion onto stellar-mass object. Most often either supercritical accretion onto stellar mass black holes or accretion onto intermediate mass black holes is invoked the high luminosities of ULXs. However, the recent discovery of coherent pulsations from ULX M82 X-1 with NuStar has shown that another scenario implying accretion onto a magnetized neutron star is possible for ULXs. Motivated by this discovery, we re-visited the available XMM-Newton archival observations of several bright ULXs with a targeted search for pulsations to check whether accreting neutron stars might power other ULXs as well. We have found no evidence for significant coherent pulsations in any of the sources including the M82 X-2. We provide upper limits for the amplitude of possibly undetected pulsed signals for the sources in the sample.
Key words: X-rays: binaries / X-rays: galaxies / stars: neutron / stars: black holes
© ESO, 2015
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