XMM-Newton observation of the ultraluminous quasar SDSS J010013.02+280225.8 at redshift 6.326

26 Mar 2018

A brief Chandra observation of the ultraluminous quasar SDSS J010013.02+280225.8 at redshift 6.326 showed it to be a relatively bright, soft X-ray source with a count rate of about 1 count ks−1. In this article, we present results for the quasar from a 65-ks XMM–Newton observation, which constrains its spectral shape well. The quasar is clearly detected with a total of ~460 net counts in the 0.2–10 keV band. The spectrum is characterized by a simple power-law model with a photon index of = 2.30+0.10 −0.10 and the intrinsic 2–10 keV luminosity is 3.14 × 1045 erg s−1. The 1σ upper limit to any intrinsic absorption column density is NH = 6.07 × 1022 cm−2. No significant iron emission lines were detected. We derive an X-rayto-optical flux ratio αox of −1.74 ± 0.01, consistent with the values found in other quasars of comparable ultraviolet luminosity. We did not detect significant flux variations either in the XMM–Newton exposure or between XMM–Newton and Chandra observations, which are separated by ∼8 months. The X-ray observation enables the bolometric luminosity to be calculated after modelling the spectral energy distribution: the accretion rate is found to be sub-Eddington.