Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 176, 218-261 (2008/May-0)
X-atlas: an online archive of chandra's stellar high-energy transmission grating observations.
WESTBROOK O.W., EVANS N.R., WOLK S.J., KASHYAP V.L., NICHOLS J.S., MENDYGRAL P.J., SLAVIN J.D., SPITZBART B. and WALDRON W.L.
Abstract (from CDS):
The high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy made possible by the 1999 deployment of the Chandra X-ray Observatory has revolutionized our understanding of stellar X-ray emission. Many puzzles remain, however, particularly regarding the mechanisms of X-ray emission from OB stars. Although numerous individual stars have been observed in high resolution, realizing the full scientific potential of these observations will necessitate studying the high-resolution Chandra data set as a whole. To facilitate the rapid comparison and characterization of stellar spectra, we have compiled a uniformly processed database of all stars observed with the Chandra High-Energy Transmission Grating (HETG). This database, known as X-Atlas, is accessible through a Web interface with searching, data retrieval, and interactive plotting capabilities. For each target, X-Atlas also features predictions of the low-resolution ACIS spectra convolved from the HETG data for comparison with stellar sources in archival ACIS images. Preliminary analyses of the hardness ratios, quantiles, and spectral fits derived from the predicted ACIS spectra reveal systematic differences between the high- and low-mass stars in the atlas and offer evidence for at least two distinct classes of high-mass stars. A high degree of X-ray variability is also seen in both high- and low-mass stars, including Capella, long thought to exhibit minimal variability. X-Atlas contains over 130 observations of approximately 25 high-mass stars and 40 low-mass stars and will be updated as additional stellar HETG observations become public. The atlas has recently expanded to nonstellar point sources, and Low-Energy Transmission Grating (LETG) observations are currently being added as well.
Astronomical Data Bases: Miscellaneous - Stars: Early-Type - Stars: Late-Type - X-Rays: Stars
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