Comparison of 3.6-8.0 μm Spitzer/irac galactic center survey point sources with Chandra X-ray point sources in the central 40 × 40 parsecs

R. G. Arendt, D. Y. Gezari, S. R. Stolovy, K. Sellgren, R. Smith, S. V. Ramírez, F. Yusef-Zadeh, C. J. Law, H. A. Smith, A. S. Cotera, S. H. Moseley

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Abstract

We have studied the correlation between 2357 Chandra X-ray point sources in a 40 × 40 pc field and ∼20,000 infrared sources we observed in the corresponding subset of our 2° × 1.4° Spitzer/IRAC Galactic Center Survey at 3.6-8.0 μm, using various spatial and X-ray hardness thresholds. The correlation was determined for source separations of less than 0.5″, 1″, or 2″. Only the soft X-ray sources show any correlation with infrared point sources on these scales, and that correlation is very weak. The upper limit on hard X-ray sources that have infrared counterparts is < 1.7% (3 σ). However, because of the confusion limit of the IR catalog, we only detect IR sources with absolute magnitudes ≲1. As a result, a stronger correlation with fainter sources cannot be ruled out. Only one compact IR source, IRS 13, coincides with any of the dozen prominent X-ray emission features in the 3 × 3 pc region centered on Sgr A*, and the diffuse X-ray and IR emission around Sgr A* seems to be anticorrelated on a few-arcsecond scale. We compare our results with previous identifications of near-infrared companions to Chandra X-ray sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)958-970
Number of pages13
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume685
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

Keywords

  • Galaxy: center
  • Infrared: stars
  • X-rays: binaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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