Holger Stiele (NTHU); Albert Kong (NTHU)
With a distance of 780 kpc and moderate Galactic absorption, the Andromeda galaxy (M 31 or NGC 224), is an ideal target to study the X-ray source population of a nearby large spiral galaxy. NuSTAR observed the central region of M 31 in 2015 and allows studying the population of X-ray point sources at energies higher than 10 keV. Based on the source catalogue of the large XMM-Newton survey of M 31, we identified counterparts to the XMM-Newton sources in the NuSTAR data. The NuSTAR data only contain sources of a brightness comparable (or even brighter) than the selected sources that have been detected in XMM-Newton data. Here we present our investigations of hardness ratios, spectra and long-term light curves of individual sources obtained from NuSTAR data. Based on our spectral studies we suggest four sources as possible X-ray binary candidates. The long-term light curves of seven sources that have been observed more than once show low (but significant) variability.