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See detailHD 150136: towards one of the most massive systems?
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

Poster (2010)

The improvement of the astronomical instrumentation allowed scientists to develop new analysis techniques to investigate binary and multiple stars. In this context, we present the preliminary results of ... [more ▼]

The improvement of the astronomical instrumentation allowed scientists to develop new analysis techniques to investigate binary and multiple stars. In this context, we present the preliminary results of an intense monitoring devoted to the triple system, HD 150136. Supposed to be the nearest O3 star (1.3 kpc), this object is also composed of two other early O-type stars, making it one of the most massive systems known until now (~ 134Mʘ). This multiple star is a non-thermal radio emitter and presents a colliding wind interaction zone. To determine the physical parameters of this system, we applied a disentangling program to study individually the three components. It allows us to revise their spectral classification and to derive a new orbital solution for the short-period system but also the first one for the entire system. [less ▲]

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See detailThe massive star binary fraction in young open clusters - II. NGC6611 (Eagle Nebula)
Sana, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg; Evans, C. J.

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 400

Based on a set of over 100 medium- to high-resolution optical spectra collected from 2003 to 2009, we investigate the properties of the O-type star population in NGC6611 in the core of the Eagle Nebula ... [more ▼]

Based on a set of over 100 medium- to high-resolution optical spectra collected from 2003 to 2009, we investigate the properties of the O-type star population in NGC6611 in the core of the Eagle Nebula (M16). Using a much more extended data set than previously available, we revise the spectral classification and multiplicity status of the nine O-type stars in our sample. We confirm two suspected binaries and derive the first SB2 orbital solutions for two systems. We further report that two other objects are displaying a composite spectrum, suggesting possible long-period binaries. Our analysis is supported by a set of Monte Carlo simulations, allowing us to estimate the detection biases of our campaign and showing that the latter do not affect our conclusions. The absolute minimal binary fraction in our sample is f[SUB]min[/SUB] = 0.44 but could be as high as 0.67 if all the binary candidates are confirmed. As in NGC6231 (see Paper I), up to 75 per cent of the O star population in NGC6611 are found in an O+OB system, thus implicitly excluding random pairing from a classical IMF as a process to describe the companion association in massive binaries. No statistical difference could be further identified in the binary fraction, mass-ratio and period distributions between NGC6231 and NGC 6611, despite the difference in age and environment of the two clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase-resolved XMM-Newton observations of the massive WR+O binary WR 22
Gosset, Eric ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Sana, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 508

Aims. To better understand the phenomenon of colliding winds in massive binary stars, we study the X-ray lightcurve of a WR+O system of the Carina region, a system well known for the high mass of its ... [more ▼]

Aims. To better understand the phenomenon of colliding winds in massive binary stars, we study the X-ray lightcurve of a WR+O system of the Carina region, a system well known for the high mass of its primary.<BR /> Methods: Phase-resolved X-ray observations of the massive WR+O binary system WR 22 were performed with the XMM-Newton facility. We observed the object at seven different phases from near apastron to near periastron.<BR /> Results: The X-ray spectrum can be represented by a two-component, optically thin, thermal plasma model with a first one at a typical temperature of 0.6 keV and a second hotter one in the range 2.0-4.5 keV. The hot component is indicative of a colliding wind phenomenon, but its flux is remarkably constant with time despite the high eccentricity of the orbit. Although surprising at first, this actually does not contradict the results of the hydrodynamical simulations of the wind collision that we performed. When the system goes from apastron to periastron, the soft part of the X-ray flux is progressively lowered by an increasing intervening absorbing column. This behaviour can be interpreted in terms of an X-ray emitting plasma located near the O star, but not fully intrinsic to it, and accompanying the star when it dives into the wind of the WR component. A model is presented that interprets most of the observational constraints. This model suggests that the mass-loss rate of dot{M}[SUB]WR[/SUB] 1.6 à 10[SUP]-5[/SUP] {M}[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] yr[SUP]-1[/SUP] assumed for the WR could still be slightly too high, whereas it is already lower than other published values. From the comparison of the observed and the expected absorptions at phases near periastron, we deduce that the hard X-ray emitting collision zone should at least have a typical size of 50-60 R[SUB]ȯ[/SUB], but that the size for the soft X-ray emitting region could reach 244 R[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] if the assumed mass-loss rate is correct. We also present an upper limit to the X-ray luminosity of the WR component that further questions the existence of intrinsic X-ray emission from single WN stars.<BR /> Based on observations with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA). Research Associate FNRS (Belgium). Postdoctoral Researcher FNRS (Belgium). [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets in the Carina nebula - VII. On the multiplicity of Tr16-112, HD93343 and HD93250
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Fernández Lajús, E. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 398

We present the results of a spectroscopic monitoring campaign devoted to three O-type stars in the Carina nebula. We derive the full SB2 orbital solution of the binary system Tr16-112, an exceptional ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a spectroscopic monitoring campaign devoted to three O-type stars in the Carina nebula. We derive the full SB2 orbital solution of the binary system Tr16-112, an exceptional dissymmetrical system consisting of an O5.5-6V((f[SUP]+[/SUP]?p)) primary and a B2V-III secondary. We also report on low-amplitude brightness variations in Tr16-112 that are likely due to the ellipsoidal shape of the O5.5-6 primary revolving in an eccentric orbit around the system's centre of mass. We detect for the first time a clear SB2 binary signature in the spectrum of HD93343 (O8 + O8), although our data are not sufficient to establish an orbital solution. This system also displays low-amplitude photometric modulations. On the other hand, no indication of multiplicity is found in the optical spectra of HD93250. Finally, we discuss the general properties of multiple massive stars in the Carina OB1 association. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile), at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (Argentina), at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA). E-mail: rauw@astro.ulg.ac.be â ¡ Research Associate FRS/FNRS (Belgium). § Postdoctoral Researcher FRS/FNRS (Belgium). ¶ Senior Research Associate FRS/FNRS (Belgium). [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244 and in the Monoceros OB2 association. I. The multiplicity of O-type stars
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 502

Aims. We present the results obtained from a long-term spectroscopic campaign to study the multiplicity of O-type stars in both the young open cluster NGC 2244 and the Mon OB2 association. Methods: Our ... [more ▼]

Aims. We present the results obtained from a long-term spectroscopic campaign to study the multiplicity of O-type stars in both the young open cluster NGC 2244 and the Mon OB2 association. Methods: Our spectroscopic monitoring was performed over several years, allowing us to investigate different timescales. For each star, several spectral diagnostic tools were applied to search for line shifts and profile variations. We also measured the projected rotational velocity and revisited the spectral classification. Results: Several stars in our sample have been previously considered to be spectroscopic binaries, although only a few scattered observations were available. Our results now have identified a more complex situation for two new spectroscopic binaries (HD 46 149 in NGC 2244 and HD 46 573 in Mon OB2). The first object is a long-period double-lined spectroscopic binary, although the exact value of its period remains uncertain and the second object is classified as an SB1 system with a period of about 10.67 days but the time series of our observations do not enable us to derive a unique orbital solution for this system. We also find another star to be variable in radial velocity (HD 46 150) and detect line profile variations in two rapid rotators (HD 46 056 and HD 46 485). Conclusions: This spectroscopic investigation places a firm lower limit (17%) on the binary fraction of O-stars in NGC 2244 and reveals the lack of short-period O+OB systems in this cluster. In addition, a comparison of these new results with two other well-studied clusters (NGC 6231 and IC 1805) puts forward possible hints of a relation between stellar density and binarity, which could provide constraints on the theories of the formation and early evolution of hot stars. Table 2 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/502/937 Based on observations collected at Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France), San Pedro Màrtir Observatory (Mexico), La Silla Observatory (European Southern Observatory), and Asiago Observatory (Italy). [less ▲]

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See detailLine profile variability in the massive binary HD 152219
Sana, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg

in Communication in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

HD 152219 is a massive binary system with O9.5 III and B1-2 III/V components and a short orbital period of 4.2 d. In a previous work, we showed that the primary star (M_{prim}˜21 M_&sun;) was presenting ... [more ▼]

HD 152219 is a massive binary system with O9.5 III and B1-2 III/V components and a short orbital period of 4.2 d. In a previous work, we showed that the primary star (M_{prim}˜21 M_&sun;) was presenting clear line profile variabilities (LPVs) that might be caused by nonradial pulsations (NRPs). In the present work, we report on an intensive spectroscopic monitoring, that aimed at unveiling the nature of the detected LPVs. Based on this new data set, we discard the NRPs and point out the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect as % being the cause of the observed LPVs. The upper limit derived on the amplitude of undetected NRPs, if any, is set at a couple of part per thousands of the continuum level. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic and photometric variability of O and Wolf-Rayet stars
Gosset, Eric ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

Low-level line profile variability in the optical domain is a ubiquitous feature of O, Of and Wolf-Rayet type stars. This variability can arise from pulsations, from magnetic fields or wind structures ... [more ▼]

Low-level line profile variability in the optical domain is a ubiquitous feature of O, Of and Wolf-Rayet type stars. This variability can arise from pulsations, from magnetic fields or wind structures (both small and large scales). For main-sequence O-type stars, the spectra display many absorption lines that provide stringent diagnostics of photospheric features. However, as the stars evolve off the main-sequence towards the Of and Wolf-Rayet stage, the stellar wind densities (and hence the wind optical depths) increase dramatically. The wind eventually dominates the formation of the entire spectrum rendering the investigation of photospheric structures more ambiguous. We discuss the observational analyses of the spectroscopic and photometric variability of massive stars of spectral type O, Of and WR. In particular, we highlight the search for a connection between the photospheric and the wind variability. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for line-profile variability in the spectrum of the O supergiant HD 152249: preliminary results
Gosset, Eric ULg; Sana, H.; Linder, N. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

Already suspected to be variable, the O9Ib((f)) supergiant HD 152249 has been the subject of a dedicated follow-up spectroscopic run. We report here on the preliminary results. This star is definitely ... [more ▼]

Already suspected to be variable, the O9Ib((f)) supergiant HD 152249 has been the subject of a dedicated follow-up spectroscopic run. We report here on the preliminary results. This star is definitely exhibiting significant line-profile variations which are most probably a sign of the existence of non-radial pulsations. HD 152249 could thus belong to the newly identified group of pulsating OB supergiants. [less ▲]

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See detailHot stars survey with the GAIA space mission
Lobel, A.; Liu, C.; Frémat, Y. et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailEmission line stars in the Milky Way with the GAIA space mission
Martayan, C.; Frémat, Y.; Blomme, R. et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailRadial velocities with the Gaia RVS spectrometer
Viala, Y. P.; Blomme, R.; Damerdji, Yassine ULg et al

in Charbonnel, C.; Combes, F.; Samadi, R. (Eds.) SF2A-2008; Annual Meeting of the French Society of Astronomy (2008, November 01)

Four different method are used to derive radial velocities from spectra observed by the Gaia Radial Velocity Spectrometer (RVS). They are briefly presented here together with very preliminary results.

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See detailThe first orbital solution for the massive colliding-wind binary HD 93162 (=WR 25)
Gamen, R.; Gosset, Eric ULg; Morrell, N. I. et al

in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica Conference Series (2008, August 01)

Since the discovery, with EINSTEIN, of strong X-ray emission associated with HD 93162, this object was recurrently predicted by some authors to be a colliding-wind binary system. However, radial-velocity ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery, with EINSTEIN, of strong X-ray emission associated with HD 93162, this object was recurrently predicted by some authors to be a colliding-wind binary system. However, radial-velocity variations that would prove the suspected binary nature have never been found so far. We spectroscopically monitored this object in order to investigate its possible variability and to provide an answer to the above-mentioned discordance. We derived radial velocities from spectroscopic data acquired mainly between 1994 and 2006, and searched for periodicities. For the first time, periodic radial-velocity variations are detected. Our analysis definitively shows that the Wolf-Rayet star WR 25 is actually an eccentric binary system with a probable period of about 208 days. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiplicity of O-type stars in NGC 2244
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

Poster (2008)

We present the main results from our long‐term spectroscopic campaign devoted to the O‐type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244. Previous works by our team on the O‐stars multiplicity in other young ... [more ▼]

We present the main results from our long‐term spectroscopic campaign devoted to the O‐type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244. Previous works by our team on the O‐stars multiplicity in other young open clusters (IC 1805 and NGC 6231) showed that the number of binary systems in such clusters was larger than 40%. Until now, only two stars (HD 47129 and HD 48099) in the surroundings of NGC 2244 have been confirmed as spectroscopic binaries (SB) although Garcia & Mermilliod (2001) estimated the O‐type binary fraction at 50%. In this context, we revisited the spectral classification, the projected rotational velocity and the multiplicity of O‐type stars in NGC 2244. [less ▲]

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See detailThe massive binary HD 152218 revisited: A new colliding wind system in NGC 6231
Sana, H.; Nazé, Yaël ULg; O'Donnell, B. et al

in New Astronomy (2008), 13(4), 202-215

We present the results of an optical and X-ray monitoring campaign on the short-period massive SB2 binary HD 152218. Combining our HiRes spectroscopic data with previous observations, we unveil the ... [more ▼]

We present the results of an optical and X-ray monitoring campaign on the short-period massive SB2 binary HD 152218. Combining our HiRes spectroscopic data with previous observations, we unveil the contradictions between the published orbital solutions. In particular, we solve the aliasing on the period and derive a value close to 5.604 d. Our eccentricity e = 0.259 +/- 0.006 is slightly lower than previously admitted. We show that HD 152218 is probably undergoing a relatively rapid apsidal motion of about 3 degrees yr(-1) and we confirm the O9IV + O9.7V classification. We derive minimal masses of 15.82 +/- 0.26 M-circle dot and 12.00 +/- 0.19 M-circle dot and constrain the radius of the components to R-1 = 10.3 +/- 1.3 R-circle dot and R-2 = 7.8 +/- 1.7 R-circle dot. We also report the results of an XMM-Newton monitoring of the HD 152218 X-ray emission throughout its orbital motion. The averaged X-ray spectrum is relatively soft and it is well reproduced by a 2-T optically thin thermal plasma model with component temperatures about 0.3 and 0.7 keV. The system presents an increase of its X-ray flux by about 30% near apastron compared to periastron, which is interpreted as the signature of an ongoing wind-wind interaction process occurring within the wind acceleration region. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe massive star binary fraction in young open clusters - I. NGC 6231 revisited
Sana, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2008), 386(1), 447-460

We present the results of a long-term high-resolution spectroscopy campaign on the O-type stars in NGC 6231. We revise the spectral classification and multiplicity of these objects and we constrain the ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a long-term high-resolution spectroscopy campaign on the O-type stars in NGC 6231. We revise the spectral classification and multiplicity of these objects and we constrain the fundamental properties of the O-star population. Almost three quarters of the O-type stars in the cluster are members of a binary system. The minimum binary fraction is 0.63, with half the O-type binaries having an orbital period of the order of a few days. The eccentricities of all the short-period binaries are revised downward, and henceforth match a normal period-eccentricity distribution. The mass ratio distribution shows a large preference for O + OB binaries, ruling out the possibility that, in NGC 6231, the companion of an O-type star is randomly drawn from a standard initial mass function. Obtained from a complete and homogeneous population of O-type stars, our conclusions provide interesting observational constraints to be confronted with the formation and early evolution theories of O-stars. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution optical spectroscopy of Plaskett's star
Linder, Natacha ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Martins, Fabrice et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 489(2), 713-723

Context. Plaskett's star (HD 47 129) is a very massive O + O binary that belongs to the Mon OB2 association. Previous work suggests that this system displays the Struve-Sahade effect although the ... [more ▼]

Context. Plaskett's star (HD 47 129) is a very massive O + O binary that belongs to the Mon OB2 association. Previous work suggests that this system displays the Struve-Sahade effect although the measurements of the secondary radial velocities are very difficult and give controversial results. Both components have powerful stellar winds that collide and produce a strong X-ray emission. Aims. Our aim is to study the physical parameters of this system in detail and to investigate the relation between its spectral properties and its evolutionary status. Methods. We present here analysis of an extensive set of high-resolution optical spectra of HD 47 129. We used a disentangling method to separate the individual spectra of each star. We derived a new orbital solution and discuss the spectral classification of both components. A Doppler tomography technique applied to the emission lines H alpha and He II gamma 4686 yields a Doppler map that illustrates the wind interactions in the system. Finally, an atmosphere code is used to determine the different chemical abundances of the system components and the wind parameters. Results. HD 47 129 appears to be an O8 III/I + O7.5 III binary system in a post RLOF evolutionary stage, where matter has been transferred from the primary to the secondary star. The He overabundance of the secondary supports this scenario. In addition, the N overabundance and C underabundance of the primary component confirm previous results based on X-ray spectroscopy and indicate that the primary is an evolved massive star. We also determined a new orbital solution, with M-P sin(3) i = 45.4 +/- 2.4 M-circle dot and M-S sin(3) i = 47.3 +/- 0.3 M-circle dot. Furthermore, the secondary star has a high rotational velocity (nu sin i similar to 300 km s(-1)) that deforms its surface, leading to a non-uniform distribution in effective temperature. This could explain the variations in the equivalent widths of the secondary lines with phase. We suggest that the wind of the secondary star is confined near the equatorial plane because of its high rotational velocity, affecting the ram pressure equilibrium in the wind interaction zone. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; van Winckel, Hans et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 487(2), 659-670

Aims. The line profile variability and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521 are examined in order to establish the properties of the non-radial pulsations in this star. Methods. Fourier ... [more ▼]

Aims. The line profile variability and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521 are examined in order to establish the properties of the non-radial pulsations in this star. Methods. Fourier techniques are used to characterize the modulations of the He I lambda lambda 5876, 6678 and H alpha lines in several spectroscopic time series and to search for variations in a photometric time series. Results. Our spectroscopic data confirm the existence of two periods of 1.75 and 2.89 h. The line profiles, especially those affected by emission wings, exhibit also modulations on longer time scales, but these are epoch-dependent and change from line to line. Unlike previous claims, we find no unambiguous signature of the rotational period in our data, nor of a third pulsation period (corresponding to a frequency of 2.66 d(-1)). Conclusions. HD93521 very likely exhibits non-radial pulsations with periods of 1.75 and 2.89 h with l similar or equal to 8 +/- 1 and l similar or equal to 4 +/- 1 respectively. No significant signal is found in the first harmonics of these two periods. The 2.89 h mode is seen at all epochs and in all lines investigated, while the visibility of the 1.75 h mode is clearly epoch-dependent. Whilst light variations are detected, their connection to these periodicities is not straightforward. [less ▲]

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See detailThe XMM-Large scale structure catalogue: X-ray sources and associated optical data. Version I
Pierre, M.; Chiappetti, L.; Pacaud, F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2007), 382(1), 279-290

Following the presentation of the XMM-Large Scale Structure (XMM-LSS) survey X-ray source detection package by Pacaud et al., we provide the source lists for the first surveyed 5.5 deg(2). The catalogues ... [more ▼]

Following the presentation of the XMM-Large Scale Structure (XMM-LSS) survey X-ray source detection package by Pacaud et al., we provide the source lists for the first surveyed 5.5 deg(2). The catalogues pertain to the [0.5-2] and [2-10] keV bands and contain in total 3385 pointlike or extended sources above a detection likelihood of 15 in either band. The agreement with deep log N-log S is excellent. The main parameters considered are position, count rate, source extent with associated likelihood values. A set of additional quantities such as astrometric corrections and fluxes are further calculated while errors on the position and count rate are deduced from simulations. We describe the construction of the band-merged catalogue allowing rapid subsample selection and easy cross-correlation with external multiwavelength catalogues. A small optical Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey multiband subset of objects are associated with each source along with an X-ray/optical overlay. We make the full X-ray images available in FITS format. The data are available at the Centre de Donnees de Strasbourg and, in a more extended form, at the Milan XMM-LSS survey data base. [less ▲]

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See detailXMM-LSS survey: AGN classifications (Garcet+, 2007)
Garcet, O.; Gandhi, P.; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Textual, factual or bibliographical database (2007)

We have used the most up-to-date X-ray catalog (Pierre et al., 2007, Cat. J/MNRAS/382/279) to define a sample of 612 X-ray selected point-like sources which have both a log-likelihood of detection >20 ... [more ▼]

We have used the most up-to-date X-ray catalog (Pierre et al., 2007, Cat. J/MNRAS/382/279) to define a sample of 612 X-ray selected point-like sources which have both a log-likelihood of detection >20 (this roughly corresponds to >3{sigma}) in the [2-10]keV band (see Pacaud et al., 2006MNRAS.372..578P, for full details), and a total number of counts >80 in the [0.5-10]keV band. (1 data file). [less ▲]

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See detailXMM-LSS catalogue. Version I. (Pierre+, 2007)
Pierre, M.; Chiappetti, L.; Pacaud, F. et al

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We provide the source list for the first 5.5 surveyed square degrees of the XMM-LSS, with a total of 3385 point-like or extended sources above a detection likelihood of 15 in either 0.5-2 or 2-10keV bands ... [more ▼]

We provide the source list for the first 5.5 surveyed square degrees of the XMM-LSS, with a total of 3385 point-like or extended sources above a detection likelihood of 15 in either 0.5-2 or 2-10keV bands. The table at CDS contains the main parameters, while further parameters and data products (X-ray images and optical thumbnails) are available in the Milan XMM-LSS database site. (1 data file). [less ▲]

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