Analysis of a state changing supersoft X-ray source in M31

B. Patel, R. Di Stefano, T. Nelson, F. A. Primini, J. Liu, S. Scoles

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We report on observations of a luminous supersoft X-ray source (SSS) in M31, r1-25, that has exhibited spectral changes to harder X-ray states. We document these spectral changes. In addition, we show that they have important implications for modeling the source. Quasisoft states in a source that has been observed as an SSS represent a newly discovered phenomenon. We show how such state changers could prove to be examples of unusual black hole or neutron star accretors. Future observations of this and other state changers can provide the information needed to determine the nature(s) of these intriguing new sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • X-rays: binaries
  • galaxies: individual (M31)

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    Patel, B., Di Stefano, R., Nelson, T., Primini, F. A., Liu, J., & Scoles, S. (2013). Analysis of a state changing supersoft X-ray source in M31. Astrophysical Journal, 771(1), [6].