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Title: DETECTION OF A LUMINOUS HOT X-RAY CORONA AROUND THE MASSIVE SPIRAL GALAXY NGC 266

The presence of luminous hot X-ray coronae in the dark matter halos of massive spiral galaxies is a basic prediction of galaxy formation models. However, observational evidence for such coronae is very scarce, with the first few examples having only been detected recently. In this paper, we study the large-scale diffuse X-ray emission associated with the massive spiral galaxy NGC 266. Using ROSAT and Chandra X-ray observations we argue that the diffuse emission extends at least {approx}70 kpc, whereas the bulk of the stellar light is confined to within {approx}25 kpc. Based on X-ray hardness ratios, we find that most of the diffuse emission is released at energies {approx}< 1.2 keV, which indicates that this emission originates from hot X-ray gas. Adopting a realistic gas temperature and metallicity, we derive that in the (0.05-0.15)r{sub 200} region (where r{sub 200} is the virial radius) the bolometric X-ray luminosity of the hot gas is (4.3 {+-} 0.8) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 40} erg s{sup -1} and the gas mass is (9.1 {+-} 0.9) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 9} M{sub Sun }. These values are comparable to those observed for the two other well-studied X-ray coronae in spiral galaxies, suggesting that the physical properties of such coronaemore » are similar. This detection offers an excellent opportunity for comparison of observations with detailed galaxy formation simulations.« less
Authors:
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  1. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22121824
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 772; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BOLOMETERS; COSMIC GASES; GALAXIES; KEV RANGE; LUMINOSITY; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PHOTON EMISSION; SIMULATION; SPIRAL CONFIGURATION; STELLAR CORONAE; VISIBLE RADIATION; X RADIATION