8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 17 Neutron Stars and X-ray Binaries
Poster, Thursday, September 9, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[17.09] Deep Chandra Observations of NGC 4697: Initial Results

G.R. Sivakoff (University of Virginia), P. Côtié, A. Jordán (Rutgers University), C.L. Sarazin (University of Virginia)

In early-type X-ray faint (lowest LX/LB) galaxies, Chandra has resolved most of the X-ray emission into point sources, dominated by low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). Studies of these LMXBs, such as the AO-1 observation of NGC 4697, are yielding some understanding of the LMXB populations in early-type galaxies, their relations to globular clusters, their histories of star formation, and comparisons to spiral galaxies; however, deeper observations are required to detect the more numerous, fainter LMXBs. To that end, I present initial results of multiple, deep observations of NGC 4697, the nearest, optically luminous, X-ray faint, elliptical galaxy with a large GC population.

Support for this work was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through Chandra Award Number GO4-5093X, issued by the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, which is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for and on behalf of NASA under contract NAS8-39073. GRS acknowledges the receipt of an Achievement Reward for College Scientists fellowship.

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