XMMU J134736.6+173403: An eclipsing LMXB in quiescence or a peculiar AGN?
journal contributionposted on 24.10.2012, 09:22 by S. Carpano, A. Nucita, B. Altieri, A. R. King, P. Leisy
Aims.We report the discovery of a peculiar object observed serendipitously with XMM-Newton. We present its timing and spectral properties and investigate its optical counterpart. Methods.The light curve of the X-ray source, its spectrum, and the spectrum of the best optical counterpart are presented and analyzed. Results.The X-ray flux decreases by a factor of 6.5 within 1 h and stays in a low state for at least 10 h, thereby suggesting the presence of an eclipse. The spectrum is very soft, a power law with a slope of $\Gamma\sim2.8$, and does not change significantly before and after the flux drop. The source is spatially coincident within few arc-seconds with a Seyfert 2 galaxy belonging to a galaxy pair. Conclusions.Although the background AGN seems the best counterpart, neither the temporal nor the spectral properties of the X-ray source are compatible with it. We investigate the possibility of having a foreground low-mass X-ray binary in quiescence, where the companion is not detected in the optical wavelength.