A Search for Optical Counterparts of ULX-4 in M51 Galaxy


AKYÜZ A. , AVDAN S., AKSAKER N. , ALLAK S., Oralhan I. A.

10th Jubilee Conference of the Balkan-Physical-Union (BPU), Sofija, Bulgaria, 26 - 30 August 2018, vol.2075 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2075
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.5091220
  • City: Sofija
  • Country: Bulgaria

Abstract

We present optical identification of counterparts of ULX- 4 in spiral galaxy M51. Ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are variable, non-nuclear point-like X-ray sources with isotropic luminosities (Lx > 10(39) erg s(-1)) above the Eddington limit for a 10 M-circle dot black hole. The ULX-4 has observed with Hubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys (HST/ACS) in filters F438W (B), F555W (V) and F814W (I), their data are available in archive. Two optical sources have been identified as counterpart candidates within the error radius of 0.2 arcsec and their V magnitudes are similar to 23. The possible counterparts of ULX-4 were determined as B type supergiant stars, indicating that this system may be a high-mass X-ray binary.