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2001ApJ...557L..35A - Astrophys. J., 557, L35-L38 (2001/August-2)

The X-ray globular cluster population in NGC 1399.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report on the Chandra observations of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1399, concentrating on the X-ray sources identified with globular clusters (GCs). A large fraction of the 2-10 keV X-ray emission in the 8'x8' Chandra image is resolved into point sources with luminosities ≥5x1037 ergs.s–1. These sources are most likely low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). In a region imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, about 70% of the X-ray sources are located within GCs. This association suggests that in giant elliptical galaxies luminous X-ray binaries preferentially form in GCs. Many of the GC sources have super-Eddington luminosities (for an accreting neutron star), and their average luminosity is higher than the non-GC sources. The X-ray spectral properties of both GC and non-GC sources are similar to those of LMXBs in our Galaxy. Two of the brightest sources, one of which is in a GC, have an ultrasoft spectrum, similar to that seen in the high state of black hole candidates. The ``apparent'' super-Eddington luminosity in many cases may be due to multiple LMXB systems within individual GCs but with some of the most extremely luminous systems containing massive black holes.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Elliptical and Lenticular, cD - Galaxies: Individual: NGC Number: NGC 1399 - Galaxy: Globular Clusters: General - X-Rays: Binaries - X-Rays: Galaxies

CDS comments: p. L38 : GS 2030+338 misprint for GS 2023+338

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