The XMM-Newton Large survay of the Large Magelanic Cloud

During my PhD studies I have been working on the data analysis of the XMM-Newton survey of the LMC, and the study of accreting HMXB systems. 

We have conducted a survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) with XMM-Newton (PI: F. Haberl).
The complete program, consists of more than 70 pointed observations and totalling more than 2 Ms of
exposure time. This allows us a consistent study of the point source population of the LMC down to
a limiting luminosity of ∼2×1033 erg/s, supernova remnants (SNRs) and hot interstellar medium.
Together with archival data, the survey observations reveal more than 10.000 sources in a ∼10 square
degree area. The LMC offers a unique possibility to investigate the X-ray source population of a galaxy
as whole. The small distance of ∼50 kpc and the low Galactic foreground absorption of the LMC
enables us to study complete X-ray source populations. This is contrary to the Galaxy, where most
sources are obscured by large amounts of absorbing gas and where uncertainties in distances complicate
the determination of luminosities, or to more distant galaxies, where spatial confusion of individual X-
ray sources becomes complicated and only the brightest X-ray sources can be detected (e.g. for M31,
LX 1035 erg/s).

Image: X-ray mosaic image of the LMC based on all the available XMM-Newton pointing of the field. Numbers and "?" denote the confirmed X-ray pulsars and the  candidate HMXB systems within the galaxy.

See refereed publications:

1) The population of X-ray supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud
2) VizieR Online Data Catalog: X-ray supernova remnants in LMC (Maggi+, 2016)
3) EXTraS discovery of two pulsators in the direction of the LMC: a Be/X-ray binary pulsar in the LMC and a candidate double-degenerate polar in the foreground