A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 014742
Title Spectroscopy of AGN-dominated ULIRGs: NGC 6240


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-63njhmv
Author Prof Hagai Netzer
Description NGC 6240 is a known ULIRG which is unique among such objects because its X-ray spectrum is very similar to those of many Seyfert 2s yet its IR spectrum shows no indication of gas excitation by a nonthermal source. Thus, there is a big question regarding the major energy source with important implications to the X-ray background and the AGN-starburst connection. We propose 100 ks XMM observations to reveal the nature of this source and show how a good S-N RGS spectrum containing 10-15 measurable lines, combined with a state-of-the-art analysis, can probe the physical state of the soft X-ray gas and supply information about its excitation by a starburs, an AGN source, or both. MOS and PN observations will define the SED and resolve the complex emission-absorption feature near 6-8 keV.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2003-03-14T18:06:14Z/2003-08-29T13:58:49Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2004-09-26T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2004-09-26T00:00:00Z, 014742, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-63njhmv