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2009ApJS..183...17Y - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 183, 17-32 (2009/July-0)

The Fifth Data Release Sloan Digital Sky Survey/XMM-Newton Quasar Survey.


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We present a catalog of 792 Fifth Data Release Sloan Digital Sky Survey quasars with optical spectra that have been observed serendipitously in the X-rays with the XMM-Newton. These quasars cover a redshift range of z = 0.11-5.41 and a magnitude range of i = 15.3-20.7. Substantial numbers of radio-loud (70) and broad absorption line (51) quasars exist within this sample. Significant X-ray detections at ≥2σ account for 87% of the sample (685 quasars), and 473 quasars are detected at ≥6σ, sufficient to allow X-ray spectral fits. For detected sources, ∼60% have X-ray fluxes between F_2-10 keV_= (1-10) x10–14 erg/cm2/s. We fit a single power law, a fixed power law with intrinsic absorption left free to vary, and an absorbed power-law model to all quasars with X-ray signal-to-noise ratio ≥ 6, resulting in a weighted mean photon index Γ = 1.91±0.08, with an intrinsic dispersion σΓ= 0.38. For the 55 sources (11.6%) that prefer intrinsic absorption, we find a weighted mean NH= 1.5±0.3x1021/cm2. We find that Γ correlates significantly with optical color, Δ(g - i), the optical-to-X-ray spectral index (αox), and the X-ray luminosity. While the first two correlations can be explained as artifacts of undetected intrinsic absorption, the correlation between Γ and X-ray luminosity appears to be a real physical correlation, indicating a pivot in the X-ray slope.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - quasars: general

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJS/183/17): table1.dat table2.dat>

Errata: erratum ApJS vol. 185, p. 250 (2009)

Simbad objects: 796

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