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ID: 660893.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Extended X-ray emission from non-thermal sources in the COSMOS field: a detailed study of a large radio galaxy at z= 1.168
Authors:Jelić, V.; Smolčić, V.; Finoguenov, A.; Tanaka, M.; Civano, F.; Schinnerer, E.; Cappelluti, N.; Koekemoer, A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2012
Journal Abbrev.:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue / Number:3
Start Page:2753
End Page:2763
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:X-ray selected galaxy group samples are usually generated by searching for extended X-ray sources that reflect the thermal radiation of the intragroup medium. On the other hand, large radio galaxies that regularly occupy galaxy groups also emit in the X-ray window, and their contribution to X-ray selected group samples is still not well understood. In order to investigate their relative importance, we have carried out a systematic search for non-thermal extended X-ray sources in the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) field. Based on the morphological coincidence of X-ray and radio extensions, out of 60 radio galaxies, and ˜300 extended X-ray sources, we find only one candidate where the observed extended X-ray emission arises from non-thermal processes related to radio galaxies. We present a detailed analysis of this source, and its environment. Our results yield that external inverse Compton emission of the lobes is the dominant process that generates the observed X-ray emission of our extended X-ray candidate, with a minor contribution from the gas of the galaxy group hosting the radio galaxy. Finally, we show that finding only one potential candidate in the COSMOS field (in a redshift range 0 < z < 6 and with radio luminosity between 1025 and 1030 W Hz-1) is consistent with expected X-ray counts arising from synchrotron lobes. This implies that these sources are not a prominent source of contamination in samples of X-ray selected clusters/groups, but they could potentially dominate the z > 1 cluster counts at the bright end (SX > 7 × 10-15 erg s-1 cm2).
Free Keywords:radiation mechanisms: non-thermal; radiation mechanisms: thermal; surveys; galaxies: active; radio continuum: galaxies; X-rays: galaxies: clusters
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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