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ID: 660673.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Chandra observations of the nuclear star cluster and ultraluminous X-ray sources in NGC 2139
Authors:Shields, Joseph C.; Böker, Torsten; Ho, Luis C.; Rix, Hans-Walter; van der Marel, Roeland P.; Walcher, C. Jakob
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2012
Title of Journal:The Astronomical Journal
Journal Abbrev.:AJ
Volume:144
Start Page:12
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We report Chandra observations of the Scd galaxy NGC 2139, which is known to host a recently formed (107.6 yr) nuclear star cluster. The star cluster is undetected in X-rays, with an upper bound on 0.5-7 keV luminosity of L X < 7.1 × 1037 erg s–1. This bound implies a bolometric accretion luminosity <0.3% of the Eddington luminosity for a black hole with the mass (~3400 M ☉) expected from extrapolation of the M – σ relation. The lack of X-ray emission indicates that a black hole, if present, is not undergoing significant accretion at the current time. While the central cluster is undetected, the data reveal a substantial population of bright X-ray point sources elsewhere in this galaxy, with eight qualifying as ultraluminous X-ray sources with L X > 1039 erg s–1. We use archival Hubble Space Telescope images to identify candidate optical counterparts for seven Chandra sources, which in most cases have optical luminosities and spatial profiles consistent with star clusters. Compared with other galaxies, the number of luminous X-ray sources in NGC 2139 is larger by a factor of ~4-10 than expected based on its present star formation rate and stellar mass. This finding can be understood if NGC 2139 has concluded a burst of star formation in the recent past, and suggests that this galaxy could be important for testing the use of X-ray source populations as a chronometer of star formation history. Based in part on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA), and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA).
Free Keywords:galaxies: individual: NGC 2139; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: star clusters: general; X-rays: binaries; X-rays: galaxies
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://cdsads.u-strasbg.fr/abs/2012AJ....144...12S [ID No:1]
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