AAS 197, January 2001
Session 38. Gas in External Galaxies
Display, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[38.15] Resolving X-ray Emission in the Galactic ``Starburst'' NGC 3603 with Chandra

M. F. Corcoran (USRA/LHEA-GSFC), A. Moffat (University of Montreal), R. Mushotzky (GSFC), I. R. Stevens (University of Birmingham), A. Muecke, G. Skalkowski (University of Montreal), W. Brandner (IfA), B. Koribalski (CSIRO), S. Marchenko (University of Montreal), A. Ptak (CMU), A. M. T. Pollock (C & S), G. Koenigsberger (UNAM)

We present the first Chandra/ACIS-I X-ray images of the supergiant Galactic HII/starforming region NGC 3603. We resolve the emission into (conservatively) ~100 stellar objects, and compare our high resolution Chandra X-ray images of the core cluster to high-resolution optical images obtained by HST. The detected sources apparently include most of the massive O stars, some WR stars (which may show evidence of emission produced in wind-wind collisions), and some surprisingly bright emission from relatively late type stars and PMS stars. We present preliminary source identifications from comparison with optical images and present a preliminary Lx/Lbol relation for the massive X-ray sources.

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