AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 14. Galaxy - Contents
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[14.16] A Chandra Survey of Nearby Spiral Galaxies

R.E. Kilgard (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA/U Leicester), M.I. Krauss (MIT), A.H. Prestwich, P. Kaaret, M. Garcia, A. Zezas (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), M.J. Ward, T. Roberts (U Leicester)

We present results from a Chandra survey of 11 nearby, face-on spiral galaxies. 24 observations totaling 900 ks of new and archival Chandra data reveal more than 1000 X-ray point sources associated with the galaxies, diffuse emission, and hundreds of serendipitous sources.

We discuss source populations and luminosity functions and show that the slope of the X-ray luminosity function is correlated with the star formation rate in the galaxies. We also discuss ultraluminous X-ray sources in comparison with sources within the Milky Way. Finally, we discuss ongoing work on source classification based upon X-ray colors and spectra, position within the host galaxies, and multi-wavelength counterparts. This work is partially supported by NASA contract NAS8-39073 (CXC) and grant GO1-2092A.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: rkilgard@cfa.harvard.edu

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