The massive star-forming regions omnibus X-ray catalog

Leisa K. Townsley, Patrick S. Broos, Gordon P. Garmire, Jeroen Bouwman, Matthew S. Povich, Eric D. Feigelson, Konstantin V. Getman, Michael A. Kuhn

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Abstract

We present the Massive Star-forming Regions (MSFRs) Omnibus X-ray Catalog (MOXC), a compendium of X-ray point sources from Chandra/ACIS observations of a selection of MSFRs across the Galaxy, plus 30 Doradus in the Large Magellanic Cloud. MOXC consists of 20,623 X-ray point sources from 12 MSFRs with distances ranging from 1.7 kpc to 50 kpc. Additionally, we show the morphology of the unresolved X-ray emission that remains after the cataloged X-ray point sources are excised from the ACIS data, in the context of Spitzer and WISE observations that trace the bubbles, ionization fronts, and photon-dominated regions that characterize MSFRs. In previous work, we have found that this unresolved X-ray emission is dominated by hot plasma from massive star wind shocks. This diffuse X-ray emission is found in every MOXC MSFR, clearly demonstrating that massive star feedback (and the several-million-degree plasmas that it generates) is an integral component of MSFR physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume213
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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