Volume 580, August 2015
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||03 August 2015|
Follow-up observations of X-ray emitting hot subdwarf stars: the He-rich sdO BD +37° 1977
1 INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica – Milano, via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
2 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
3 IUSS-Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori, piazza della Vittoria 15, 27100 Pavia, Italy
4 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pavia, via A. Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Received: 20 March 2015
Accepted: 19 June 2015
We report on the results of the first XMM-Newton satellite observation of the luminous and helium–rich O–type subdwarf BD +37° 1977 carried out in April 2014. X-ray emission is detected with a flux of about 4 × 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1 (0.2−1.5 keV), corresponding to a fX/fbol ratio ~ 10-7; the source spectrum is very soft, and is well fit by the sum of two plasma components at different temperatures. Both characteristics are in agreement with what is observed in the main-sequence early-type stars, where the observed X-ray emission is due to turbulence and shocks in the stellar wind. A smaller but still significant stellar wind has also been observed in BD +37° 1977; therefore, we suggest that in this case the detected X-ray flux has the same origin.
Key words: stars: early-type / stars: individual: BD +37°1977 / subdwarfs / X-rays: stars
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