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See detailHard X-ray identification of η Carinae and steadiness close to periastron
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Walter, R.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 524

Context. The colliding-wind binary η Carinae exhibits soft X-ray thermal emission that varies strongly around the periastron passage. It has been found to have non-thermal emission, thanks to its ... [more ▼]

Context. The colliding-wind binary η Carinae exhibits soft X-ray thermal emission that varies strongly around the periastron passage. It has been found to have non-thermal emission, thanks to its detection in hard X-rays using INTEGRAL and Suzaku, and also in γ-rays with AGILE and Fermi. <BR /> Aims: This paper attempts to definitively identify η Carinae as the source of the hard X-ray emission, to examine how changes in the 2-10 keV band influence changes in the hard X-ray band, and to understand more clearly the mechanisms producing the non-thermal emission using new INTEGRAL observations obtained close to periastron passage. <BR /> Methods: To strengthen the identification of η Carinae with the hard X-ray source, a long Chandra observation encompassing the INTEGRAL/ISGRI error circle was analysed, and all other soft X-ray sources (including the outer shell of η Carinae itself) were discarded as likely counter-parts. To expand the knowledge of the physical processes governing the X-ray lightcurve, new hard X-ray images of η Carinae were studied close to periastron, and compared to previous observations far from periastron. <BR /> Results: The INTEGRAL component, when represented by a power law (with a photon index Γ of 1.8), would produce more emission in the Chandra band than observed from any point source in the ISGRI error circle apart from η Carinae, as long as the hydrogen column density to the ISGRI source is lower than N[SUB]H[/SUB] ≲ 10[SUP]24[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]. Sources with such a high absorption are very rare, thus the hard X-ray emission is very likely to be associated with η Carinae. The eventual contribution of the outer shell to the non-thermal component also remains fairly limited. Close to periastron passage, a 3-σ detection is achieved for the hard X-ray emission of η Carinae, with a flux similar to the average value far from periastron. <BR /> Conclusions: Assuming a single absorption component for both the thermal and non-thermal sources, this 3-σ detection can be explained with a hydrogen column density that does not exceed N[SUB]H[/SUB] ≲ 6 × 10[SUP]23[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP] without resorting to an intrinsic increase in the hard X-ray emission. The energy injected in hard X-rays (averaged over a month timescale) appears to be rather constant at least as close as a few stellar radii, well within the acceleration region of the wind. [less ▲]

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See detailHard X-ray emission from eta Carinae
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Walter, R.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 477

Context: If relativistic particle acceleration takes place in colliding-wind binaries, hard X-rays and gamma-rays are expected through inverse Compton emission, but to date these have never been ... [more ▼]

Context: If relativistic particle acceleration takes place in colliding-wind binaries, hard X-rays and gamma-rays are expected through inverse Compton emission, but to date these have never been unambiguously detected. Aims: To detect this emission, observations of eta Carinae were performed with INTEGRAL, leveraging its high spatial resolution. Methods: Deep hard X-ray images of the region of eta Car were constructed in several energy bands. Results: The hard X-ray emission previously detected by BeppoSax around eta Car originates from at least 3 different point sources. The emission of eta Car itself can be isolated for the first time, and its spectrum unambiguously analyzed. The X-ray emission of eta Car in the 22-100 keV energy range is very hard (Gamma ~= 1 ± 0.4) and its luminosity is 7 × 10^33 erg s^-1. Conclusions: The observed emission is in agreement with the predictions of inverse Compton models, and corresponds to about 0.1% of the energy available in the wind collision. eta Car is expected to be detected in the GeV energy range. [less ▲]

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See detailINTEGRAL detection of hard X-rays from NGC 6334: nonthermal emission from colliding winds or an AGN?
Bykov, A. M.; Krassilchtchikov, A. M.; Uvarov, Y. A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2006), 449(3), 917-923

Aims. We report the detection of hard X-ray emission from the field of the star-forming region NGC 6334 with the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory INTEGRAL. Methods. The JEM-X monitor and ... [more ▼]

Aims. We report the detection of hard X-ray emission from the field of the star-forming region NGC 6334 with the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory INTEGRAL. Methods. The JEM-X monitor and ISGRI imager aboard INTEGRAL and Chandra ACIS imager were used to construct 3-80 keV images and spectra of NGC 6334. Results. The 3-10 keV and 10-35 keV images made with JEM-X show a complex structure of extended emission from NGC 6334. The ISGRI source detected in the energy ranges 20-40 keV, 40-80 keV, and 20-60 keV coincides with the NGC 6334 ridge. The 20-60 keV flux from the source is (1.8 +/- 0.37) x 10(-11) erg cm(-2) s(-1). Spectral analysis of the source revealed a hard power-law component with a photon index about 1. The observed X-ray fluxes are in agreement with extrapolations of X-ray imaging observations of NGC 6334 by Chandra ACIS and ASCAGIS. Conclusions. The X-ray data are consistent with two very different physical models. A probable scenario is emission from a heavily absorbed, compact and hard Chandra source that is associated with the AGN candidate radio source NGC 6334B. Another possible model is the extended Chandra source of nonthermal emission from NGC 6334 that can also account for the hard X-ray emission observed by INTEGRAL. The origin of the emission in this scenario is due to electron acceleration in energetic outflows from massive early type stars. The possibility of emission from a young supernova remnant, as suggested by earlier infrared observations of NGC 6334, is constrained by the non-detection of Ti-44 lines. [less ▲]

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See detailSearching for continuum gamma-ray emission from OB associations with INTEGRAL, some preliminary results
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Populations of High Energy Sources in Galaxies (2006)

Recent studies suggested that there might be a correlation between unidentified gamma-ray sources from the third EGRET catalogue and OB associations. Moreover, when extrapolating the fluxes measured by ... [more ▼]

Recent studies suggested that there might be a correlation between unidentified gamma-ray sources from the third EGRET catalogue and OB associations. Moreover, when extrapolating the fluxes measured by EGRET at energies above 100 MeV with a power-law down to the energy range of ISGRI, the expected count rates should be large enough to be detectable with INTEGRAL. Most of those OB associations being located in the Galactic plane, they are monitored by INTEGRAL as part of the Core Program during both the Galactic Plane Scans and the Galactic Center Deep Exposure. Combining public and CP data, we have performed a search for gamma-ray emission from OB associations and the first results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailA survey for gamma-ray emission from OB associations with INTEGRAL: some preliminary results
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Massive Stars and High-Energy Emission in OB Associations (2005, November 01)

Recent studies indicated that there might be a correlation between OB associations and unidentified gamma-ray sources from the 3EG catalogue. Moreover, when extrapolating the fluxes measured by EGRET at ... [more ▼]

Recent studies indicated that there might be a correlation between OB associations and unidentified gamma-ray sources from the 3EG catalogue. Moreover, when extrapolating the fluxes measured by EGRET at energies higher than 100 MeV with a power-law down to the energy range of ISGRI, the expected count rates should be large enough to be detected with INTEGRAL. As most of these OB associations are located within the Galactic plane, they are being observed by INTEGRAL as part of the Core Program (CP) during both the Galactic Plane Scans (GPS) and the Galactic Center Deep Exposure (GCDE). Combining public and CP data, we have performed a survey for gamma-ray emission from OB associations and the first results are presented in this paper. [less ▲]

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