AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 27. Neutron Stars, Pulsars Gamma ray Bursts
Oral, Monday, June 4, 2001, 2:00-3:30pm, C107

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[27.07] Chandra Observations of Luminous Globular Cluster X-ray Sources in M31

A.K.H. Kong, M.R. Garcia, R. Di Stefano, F. Primini, S.S. Murray (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), J. Greiner (AIP)

We present the results of a series of Chandra observations of globular cluster (GC) X-ray sources in M31. Among some 20 GC X-ray sources detected in our M31 observations, 2-3 of them show super-Eddington luminosity (> 1038 erg s-1). It is an interesting fact that the highest X-ray luminosities achieved by Galactic GCs are only several times 1037 erg s-1, and that none are black hole candidates. There are several possible explanations for such a large luminosity: 1) there are multiple sources; 2) the source is a black hole; 3) the flux is beamed. In addition, metallicity can account for higher luminosities than the standard Eddington limit. Some of the M31 GC X-ray sources are also variables and show transient behavior. By combining all the available archival data, we compare the properties of these sources to those Galactic GC X-ray sources.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: akong@cfa.harvard.edu

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