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Title: The radial distribution of X-ray binaries and globular clusters in NGC 4649 and their relation with the local stellar mass density

We investigate the radial distribution of the low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) population in the elliptical galaxy NGC 4649, using Chandra and Hubble data to separate the field and globular cluster (GC) populations. GCs with LMXBs have the same radial distribution as the parent red and blue GCs. The radial profile of field LMXBs follows the V-band profile within the D25 of NGC 4649. Using the spatial information provided by our data, we find that the global galaxy-wide relations among cumulative number and luminosity of LMXBs and the integrated stellar mass hold on local scales within D25. An excess of field LMXBs with respect to the V-band light is observed in the galaxy's outskirts, which may be partially due to unidentified GC sources or to a rejuvenated field LMXB population caused by past merging interactions.
Authors:
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  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States)
  3. UCO/Lick Observatory, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States)
  4. Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1582 (United States)
  5. Physics Department, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, GR-710 03, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348248
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 780; 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; DENSITY; GALAXIES; INTERACTIONS; LUMINOSITY; MASS; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; VISIBLE RADIATION; X RADIATION