6. X-ray luminosity
The inferred spectral type M5 places this object into a range of spectral classes where chromospheric activity is present in about half of all M dwarfs (see e.g. Hawley, Gizis & Reid 1996). Schmitt, Fleming & Giampapa (1995) presented a complete X-ray survey of all known M and K stars in the immediate solar vicinity (distances less than 7 pc). They found that the observed X-ray luminosity function of K and M dwarfs spans almost four orders of magnitude (). However, the stars with do not seem to exceed X-ray luminosities of ergs s-1. With an ROSAT All Sky Survey (see e.g. Belloni, Hasinger & Izzo 1994) count rate of 0.0669 s-1 and X-ray hardness ratio of -0.49 and the estimated distance of 12 pc for APMPM J0237-5928 = 1RXS J023630.5-592827, we determine using the conversion factor CF given in Schmitt, Fleming & Giampapa (1995). This is a relatively large value, but still below the observed limit for late-type M dwarfs mentioned by Schmitt, Fleming & Giampapa (1995).
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