Optical counterparts of ULXs in two dwarf galaxies: NGC 4861 and NGC 4449

Akyüz A. , Aksaker N.

MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, cilt.1, sa.505, ss.771-782, 2021 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 1 Konu: 505
  • Basım Tarihi: 2021
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1093/mnras/stab1321
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.771-782


We present the results of a search for optical candidates of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) in two dwarf galaxies, NGC 4861 and NGC 4449, using Hubble Space Telescope (HST) archival data. With precise astrometry, we confirm that NGC 4861 X1 is associated with an H II complex and we conclude that NGC 4861 X2 resides in a young star group of mass 400 ± 80 M. We also find that NGC 4449 X7 is associated with three optical candidates within an error radius of 0.2 arcsec at the 90  per cent confidence level. Absolute magnitudes (Mv) of these candidates are determined as −5.0 and −4.1. The age and mass values for the three candidates are estimated as 40–50 Myr and ∼8 M, respectively, using stellar evolutionary tracks. The locations of optical candidates suggest a possible association with a nearby group of stars. In addition, we analysed previously unused archival data of XMM–NewtonChandra, and Swift where the sources were detected. Although the X-ray spectral data do not allow us to discriminate between physical models, long-term data at hand are consistent with the sources being in luminous hard states.