HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 6. Intergalactic and Interstellar Media III
Poster, Sunday-Wednesday, March 23, 2003, Duration of Meeting

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[6.02] X-ray Absorption in the Interstellar Medium

A. M. Juett, N. S. Schulz, D. Chakrabarty, C. R. Canizares (MIT)

We have used photoelectric absorption features in the Chandra/HETGS spectra of eight bright X-ray binaries to study the relative abundances of O, Fe, and Ne in the interstellar medium (ISM). We find Ne/O abundance ratios up to twice as large as predicted by standard ISM models, and Fe/O ratios of 0.6--1 times the predicted ratio. The shape and wavelength of the photoelectric edges is used to discriminate between atomic and molecular forms of these elements. We found that the O edge contains complex structure and measured edge wavelengths range from the expected atomic value of 22.78~Å\/ up to 23.3~Å, presumably due to molecular effects. Through these measurements, we hope to better understand the line of sight variations in the abundances and to produce a universal absorption edge model for use by the community.

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