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We present the results of XMM-Newton survey of the northern part of the disk of M31. The results of a spectral and timing analysis of the thirty seven brightest sources are presented. Combining the results of X-ray analysis with available data at other wavelengths, we were able to classify ~50%, or 19 out of 37 sources. Two sources in our sample were previously unknown: the hard X-ray source XMMU J004415.8+413057 and a transient supersoft source XMMUJ004414.1+412206. We report the discovery of possible X-ray pulsations from the source XMMUJ004415.8+413057 with a period of 197 s. The spectral and timing properties of XMMU J004415.8+413057 make it first accreting X-ray pulsar candidate detected in M31. We report on the first unambiguous detection of the soft unresolved X-ray emission from the disk of M31. The unresolved emission follows the pattern of the spiral arms and can be traced up to distance of ~0.5 deg ~7 kpc at 760 kpc from the center of the galaxy. The spectrum of the unresolved emission shows dominant soft thermal component which can be fitted with a ~0.3 keV optically thin thermal plasma emission models. We suggest that significant part of this diffuse soft X-ray component may represent hot diffuse gas in the spiral arms of M31 and emission from normal stars in the disk of M31.



Author: S. Trudolyubov; O. Kotov; W. Priedhorsky; F. Cordova; K. Mason

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