NGC4636CXO - NGC 4636 Chandra X-Ray Point Source Catalog
The authors explore short and long-term variability (over timescales of 1 day to three years) for X-ray point sources in this elliptical galaxy. 54 sources (24%) in the common ACIS fields of view show significant variability between observations. Of these, 37 are detected with at least 10 net counts in only one observation and thus may be "transient." In addition, ~10% of the sources in each observation show significant short-term variability. The cumulative luminosity function (LF) for the point sources in NGC 4636 can be represented as a power law of slope Alpha = 1.14 +/- 0.03. The authors do not detect, but estimate an upper limit of ~4.5 x 1037 erg s-1 to the current X-ray luminosity of, the historical supernova SN1939A. They find 77 matches between X-ray point sources and globular cluster (GC) candidates found in deep optical images of NGC 4636. In the annulus from 1.5 to 6 arcminutes of the galaxy center, 48 of the 129 X-ray point sources (37%) with >=10 net counts are matched with GC candidates. Since they expect 25% of these sources to be background AGN, the percentage matched with GCs could be as high as 50%. Of these matched sources, the authors find that ~70% are associated with the redder GC candidates, those that are thought to have near-solar metal abundance. The fraction of GC candidates with an X-ray point source match decreases with decreasing GC luminosity. The authors do not find a correlation between the X-ray luminosities of the matched point sources and the luminosity or color of the host GC candidates. The LFs of the X-ray point sources matched with GCs and those that are unmatched have similar slopes over 1.8 x 1037 erg s-1 <= L_x <= 1 x 1038 erg s-1.
Chandra Observations of the X-Ray Point Source Population in NGC 4636 Posson-Brown J., Ray chaudhury, S., Forman, W., Donnelly, R.H., Jones, C. <Astrophys. J. 695, 1094 (2009)> =2009ApJ...695.1094P
The name of the Chandra X-ray source using the 'CXOU J' prefix (Chandra X-ray Observatory, Unregistered) and the J2000 coordinates of the source in the standard JHHMMSS.s+DDMMSS format, e.g., 'CXOU J1242498.8+024116'. This was created by the HEASARC in the absence of any explicit naming convention being given in the reference paper.
The Right Ascension of the Chandra X-ray source in the selected equinox. This was given in J2000 coordinates and to a precision of 0.0001 degrees in the original table.
The Declination of the Chandra X-ray source in the selected equinox. This was given in J2000 coordinates and to a precision of 0.0001 degrees in the original table.
The Galactic Longitude of the Chandra X-ray source.
The Galactic Latitude of the Chandra X-ray source.
The net 0.5-2 keV band counts in the X-ray source. The source detection algorithm that was used is discussed in Section 2 of the reference paper
The 0.5-2 keV band luminosity of the source, in erg/s, assuming a distance of 15 Mpc to NGC 4636 and using a counts-to-flux conversion factor for each source calculated by computing response matrices at each source location on the appropriate ACIS chip and assuming a power-law model with a spectral power-law index of 1.5 and an equivalent (Galactic) hydrogen column density of 1.81 x 1020 cm-2 (Dickey and Lockman 1990, ARAA, 28, 215).
The soft color (hardness ratio) of the X-ray source, C_1, defined as C_1 = (M-S)/(H+M+S), where H is the flux in the hard (2-8 keV) band, M is the flux in the medium (1-2 keV) band and S is the flux in the soft (0.5-1.0 keV) band.
The hard color (hardness ratio) of the X-ray source, C_2, defined as C_2 = (H-M)/(H+M+S), where H is the flux in the hard (2-8 keV) band, M is the flux in the medium (1-2 keV) band and S is the flux in the soft (0.5-1.0 keV) band.
The angular offset of the X-ray source from the center of NGC 4636, in arcseconds. (Notice that the HEASARC converted this parameter from the arcminutes units in which it was given in the original table).
Additional note(s) about the X-ray source, as follows:
1: The source was detected by the ACIS-S 2: The source was detected by the ACIS-I 3: The source was detected by both the ACIS-I and the ACIS-S V: The source is a long-term, i.e., between observations, variable SV: The source is a short-term, i.e., during a single observation, either in the ACIS-S (SV-S) or co-added ACIS-I (SV-I), variable MV: The source flux varies significantly between the sequential ACIS-I observations GC: The source is matched with a globular cluster counterpart: the number following is the globular cluster identification, gc_number
A unique running identification number for the globular cluster candidate counterpart to the Chandra X-ray source.
The angular offset between the Chandra X-ray source and the globular cluster candidate positions, in arcseconds.
The Dirsch et al. (2005, A&A, 433, 43) CTIO identification number for the globular cluster candidate.
The optical Right Ascension of the globular cluster candidate in the selected equinox. This was given in J2000 coordinates and to a precision of 0.0001 degrees in the original table.
The optical Declination of the globular cluster candidate in the selected equinox. This was given in J2000 coordinates and to a precision of 0.0001 degrees in the original table.
The (C-R) color of the globular cluster candidate, where C is the Washington C magnitude (Canterna 1976, AJ, 81, 228) and R is the Kron-Cousins R magnitude, from Dirsch et al. (2005, A&A, 433, 43).
The Kron-Cousins R-band magnitude of the globular cluster candidate, from Dirsch et al. (2005, A&A, 433, 43).