Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 357, 109-123 (2005/February-2)
XMM-Newton observations of the interacting galaxy pairs NGC 7771/0 and NGC 2342/1.
JENKINS L.P., ROBERTS T.P., WARD M.J. and ZEZAS A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present XMM-Newton X-ray observations of the interacting galaxy pairs NGC 7771/7770 and NGC 2342/2341. In NGC 7771, for the first time we are able to resolve the X-ray emission into a bright central source plus two bright (LX> 1040 erg/s) ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) located either end of the bar. In the bright central source (LX∼ 1041 erg/s), the soft emission is well-modelled by a two-temperature thermal plasma with kT= 0.4/0.7 keV. The hard emission is modelled with a flat absorbed power-law (Γ∼ 1.7, NH∼ 1022/cm2), and this together with a low-significance (1.7σ) ∼ 300 eV equivalent width emission line at ∼6 keV are the first indications that NGC 7771 may host a low-luminosity AGN. For the bar ULXs, a power-law fit to X-1 is improved at the 2.5σ level with the addition of a thermal plasma component (kT∼ 0.3 keV), while X-2 is improved only at the 1.3σ level with the addition of a disc blackbody component with Tin∼ 0.2 keV. Both sources are variable on short time-scales implying that their emission is dominated by single accreting X-ray binaries (XRBs). The three remaining galaxies, NGC 7770, NGC 2342 and NGC 2341, have observed X-ray luminosities of 0.2, 1.8 and 0.9x1041 erg/s, respectively (0.3-10 keV). Their integrated spectra are also well-modelled by multi-temperature thermal plasma components with kT= 0.2-0.7 keV, plus power-law continua with slopes of Γ= 1.8-2.3 that are likely to represent the integrated emission of populations of XRBs as observed in other nearby merger systems. A comparison with other isolated, interacting and merging systems shows that all four galaxies follow the established correlations for starburst galaxies between X-ray, far-infrared and radio luminosities, demonstrating that their X-ray outputs are dominated by their starburst components.
galaxies: individual: NGC 7771 - galaxies: individual: NGC 2342 - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: starburst - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: galaxies
Fig.1, Table 1: [JRW2005] NGC 7771 XN (Nos X1-X2).
In Introduction, p.110 : NGC 4438/39 is a misprint for NGC 4038/39. In chap. 2.1, p.110 : Lyon Group of Galaxies numero 483 = LGG 483.
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