Query : 2010A&A...518A..58C

2010A&A...518A..58C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 518, A58-58 (2010/7-2)

Properties of the integrated spectrum of serendipitous 2XMM catalog sources.


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Our analysis is aimed at characterizing the properties of the integrated spectrum of active galactic nuclei (AGNs), such as the ubiquity of the Fe Kα emission in AGNs and the dependence of the spectral parameters on the X-ray luminosity and redshift. We selected 2646 point sources from the 2XMM catalog at high galactic latitude (|BII|>25-degrees) and with the sum of EPIC-PN and EPIC-MOS 0.2-12keV counts greater than 1000. Redshifts were obtained for 916 sources from the Nasa's Extragalactic Database. We excluded sources classified as HII regions, groups/clusters, star-forming/starburst galaxies. The final sample consists of 507 AGN. Individual source spectra were summed in the observed frame to compute the integrated spectra in different redshift and luminosity bins over the range 0<z<5. Detailed analysis of these spectra used appropriately normalized background spectra and exposure time-weighted response and ancillary files. We find that the narrow Fe Kα line at 6.4keV is significantly detected up to z=1. The line equivalent width decreases with increasing X-ray luminosity in the 2-10keV band (``Iwasawa-Taniguchi effect''). The anticorrelation is characterized by the relation log(EWFe)=(1.66±0.09)+(-0.43±0.07)log(LX,44), where EWFe is the rest frame equivalent width of the neutral iron Kα line in eV and LX,44 is the 2-10keV X-ray luminosity in units of 1044erg/s. The equivalent width is nearly independent of redshift up to z∼0.8 with an average value of 101±40 (rms dispersion) eV in the luminosity range 43.5≤logLX≤44.5. Our analysis also confirms the hardening of the spectral indices at low luminosities, implying a dependence of obscuration on luminosity. We confirm that the neutral narrow Fe Kα line is an almost ubiquitous feature of AGNs. We find compelling evidence supporting the ``Iwasawa-Taniguchi effect'' over a redshift interval larger than probed in any previous study. We detect no evolution of the average rest frame equivalent width of the Fe Kα line with redshift.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - X-rays: galaxies - quasars: emission lines

Simbad objects: 6

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Number of rows : 6
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NAME Chandra Deep Field-South reg 03 32 28.0 -27 48 30           ~ 2001 1
2 NAME Lockman Hole reg 10 45 00.0 +58 00 00           ~ 808 0
3 Mrk 205 Sy1 12 21 44.0724099888 +75 18 38.241006228   15.64 15.24 14.7   ~ 465 0
4 NAME Chandra Deep Field-North reg 12 36.8 +62 13           ~ 648 0
5 ESO 383-35 Sy1 13 35 53.7691256160 -34 17 44.160716796   13.89 13.61 8.9   ~ 1451 0
6 Mrk 509 Sy1 20 44 09.7504483224 -10 43 24.727155528   13.35 13.12 10.7   ~ 1223 0

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