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ID: 421713.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
A first estimate of the X-ray binary frequency as a function of star cluster mass in a single galactic system
Authors:Clark, D. M.; Eikenberry, S. S.; Brandl, B. R.; Wilson, J. C.; Carson, J. C.; Henderson, C. P.; Hayward, T. L.; Barry, D. J.; Ptak, A. F.; Colbert, E. J. M.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal
Start Page:798
End Page:803
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We use the previously identified 15 infrared star cluster counterparts to X-ray point sources in the interacting galaxies NGC 4038/4039 (the Antennae) to study the relationship between total cluster mass and X-ray binary number. This significant population of X-Ray/IR associations allows us to perform, for the first time, a statistical study of X-ray point sources and their environments. We define a quantity, eta, relating the fraction of X-ray sources per unit mass as a function of cluster mass in the Antennae. We compute cluster mass by fitting spectral evolutionary models to Ks luminosity. Considering that this method depends on cluster age, we use four different age distributions to explore the effects of cluster age on the value of eta and find it varies by less than a factor of 4. We find a mean value of eta for these different distributions of eta=1.7×10-8 M-1solar with sigmaeta=1.2×10-8 M-1solar. Performing a chi2 test, we demonstrate eta could exhibit a positive slope, but that it depends on the assumed distribution in cluster ages. While the estimated uncertainties in eta are factors of a few, we believe this is the first estimate made of this quantity to ``order of magnitude'' accuracy. We also compare our findings to theoretical models of open and globular cluster evolution, incorporating the X-ray binary fraction per cluster.
Free Keywords:Galaxies: Starburst; Galaxies: Star Clusters; X-Rays: Binaries
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL: [ID No:1]
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