Hot and cool: Two emission-line stars with constrasting behaviours in the same XMM-Newton field

Y. Nazé, G. Rauw, A. Ud-Doula

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High-energy emissions are good indicators of peculiar behaviours in stars. We have therefore obtained an XMM-Newton observation of HD155806 and 1RXS J171502.4-333344, and derived their spectral properties for the first time. The X-ray spectrum of HD155806 appears soft, even slightly softer than usual for O-type stars (as shown by a comparison with the O9 star HD155889 in the same XMM-Newton field). It is well-fitted with a two-component thermal model with low temperatures (0.2 and 0.6 keV), and it shows no overluminosity (log[L X/LBOL] = -6.75). The high-resolution spectrum, though noisy, reveals a few broad, symmetric X-ray lines (FWHM ∼ 2500 km s -1). The X-ray emission is compatible with the wind-shock model and therefore appears unaffected by the putative dense equatorial regions at the origin of the Oe classification. 1RXS J171502.4-333344 is a nearby flaring source of moderate X-ray luminosity (log[LX/LBOL] = -3), with a soft thermal spectrum composed of narrow lines and presenting a larger abundance of elements (e.g. Ne) with a high first ionization potential (FIP) compared to lower-FIP elements. All the evidence indicates a coronal origin for the X-ray emission, in agreement with the dMe classification of this source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA59
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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