The Extragalactic X-ray Background in the 0.2 - 2 keV Range
- Wang, Q. Daniel
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- We made the first measurement of the extragalactic 0.7 keV background. We detected the X-ray shadow of a neutral gas cloud in the Magellanic Bridge. We further constrained the point-like source contribution based on the mean spectrum of detected sources and on our early autocorrelation function analysis of the background. We find that our measurement extragalactic background intensity is significantly greater than the total point-like source contribution expected if sources are responsible for all the observed background intensity in the 1-2 keV range. For a further confirmation of the theoretical prediction of the hot intergalactic medium, we have conducted a pilot project to search for enhanced X-ray-emitting features near rich clusters of galaxies. We have reported the discovery of an elongated complex of extended X-ray-emitting objects in and around the galaxy cluster A2125, based on an archival deep ROSAT/PSPC observation. Using multicolor optical imaging of galaxies in the field, we find that this complex represents a hierarchical superstructure spanning approx. 11 Mpc at the redshift approx. 0.247. The multiple peak X-ray morphology and large blue galaxy fraction of A2125 indicate that the cluster is undergoing a coalescence of subunits. The superstructure contains two additional clusters, projected at distances of only 3 and 4.3 Mpc from A2125. The most interesting feature is, however, the low-surface-brightness X-ray emission from a moderate galaxy concentration away from individual clusters. The emission likely arises in a hot (approx. 10(exp 7) K) intergalactic medium, as predicted in N-body/hydro simulations of structure formation. These results demonstrate the potential of X-ray observations as a powerful tool to study the large-scale structure of the universe.
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