XMM-Newton X-ray study of early type stars in the Carina OB1 association

Igor.I.Antokhin (1,2,3), Gregor Rauw (2), Jean-Marie Vreux (2), Karel A. van der Hucht (4,5), John C. Brown (3)

(1) Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Moscow; (2) Institut d'Astrophysique et de G'eophysique, Universit'e de Li`ege; (3) Department of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Glasgow; (4) SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research; (5) Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, Univ. of Amsterdam

X-ray properties of the stellar population in the Carina OB1 association are examined with special emphasis on early-type stars. Their spectral characteristics provide some clues to understanding the nature of X-ray formation mechanisms in the winds of single and binary early-type stars.
A timing and spectral analysis of five observations with XMM-Newton is performed using various statistical tests and thermal spectral models. 235 point sources have been detected within the field of view. Several of these sources are probably pre-main sequence stars with characteristic short-term variability. Seven sources are possible background AGNs. Spectral analysis of twenty three sources of type OB and WR 25 was performed. We derived spectral parameters of the sources and their fluxes in three energy bands. Estimating the interstellar absorption for every source and the distance to the nebula, we derived X-ray luminosities of these stars and compared them to their bolometric luminosities. We discuss possible reasons for the fact that, on average, the observed X-ray properties of binary and single early type stars are not very different, and give several possible explanations.

Reference: Accepted by Astronomy and Astrophysics
Status: Manuscript has been accepted

Weblink: http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.3612


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