Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 372, 651-662 (2001/6-3)
X-ray emission from the giant molecular clouds in the Galactic Center region and the discovery of new X-ray sources.
SIDOLI L., MEREGHETTI S., TREVES A., PARMAR A.N., TUROLLA R. and FAVATA F.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the results of X-ray (2-10keV) observations of the giant molecular clouds Sgr B, Sgr C and Sgr D in the Galactic Center region, together with the discovery of the point-like source SAX J1748.2-2808. The data have been obtained with the MECS instrument on the BeppoSAX satellite. The core of Sgr B2 has an X-ray luminosity of ∼6x1034erg/s and its spectrum is characterized by a strong Fe emission line at ∼6.5keV with an equivalent width of 2keV. Faint diffuse X-ray emission is detected from Sgr C and from the SNR G1.05-0.15 (Sgr D). A new, unresolved source with a strong Fe line has been discovered in the Sgr D region. This source, SAX J1748.2-2808, is probably associated with a SiO and OH maser source at the Galactic Center distance. If so, its luminosity is 1034erg/s. We propose that the X-ray emission from SAX J1748.2-2808 is produced either by protostars or by a giant molecular cloud core. Emission from sources similar to SAX J1748.2-2808 could have an impact on the expected contribution on the observed Fe line emission from the Galactic ridge.