We report on a search for X-ray emission from quasars with redshifts greater than 4 using the ROSAT public database. Our search has doubled the number of z > 4 quasars detected in X-rays from six to 12. Most of those known prior to this work were radio-loud and X-ray-selected sources; our study increases the number of X-ray-detected, optically selected z > 4 quasars from one to seven. We present their basic X-ray properties and compare these with those of lower redshift quasars. We do not find any evidence for strong broadband spectral differences between optically selected z > 4 quasars and those at lower redshifts.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science