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Name 060292
Title The nature of nuclear X-ray sources in nearby late-type galaxies


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-r7pnwgf
Author Prof Smita Mathur
Description We initiated a Chandra program to search for low-level nuclear activity in a representative sample of low-mass galaxies within 20 Mpc. We propose XMM-Newton observations of three late-type galaxies, Sdm-Sc-Sbc, in each of which a nuclear X-ray source was detected with Chandra. X-ray spectra and optical-X-ray spectral energy distributions obtained with XMM-Newton will secure identification of X-ray sources as either AGNs, binaries or star clusters. We will understand characteristics of low luminosity AGNs, if present. Discovering AGNs in bulge-less galaxies will be exciting as it will imply that bulges are not necessary for existence of black holes. This will have important consequences toward understanding the formation and co-evolution of galaxies and black holes.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2009-07-10T02:04:35Z/2009-07-10T18:40:31Z
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 2010-07-30T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2010-07-30T00:00:00Z, 060292, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-r7pnwgf