The Chandra deep field-north survey. XI. X-ray emission from luminous infrared starburst galaxies

D. M. Alexander, H. Aussel, F. E. Bauer, W. N. Brandt, A. E. Hornschemeier, C. Vignali, G. P. Garmire, D. P. Schneider

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Using the 1 Ms Chandra Deep Field-North and 15 μm ISOCAM Hubble Deep Field-North surveys, we find a tight correlation between the population of strongly evolving starburst galaxiess discovered in faint 15 μm ISOCAM surveys and the apparently normal galaxy population detected in deep X-ray surveys. Up to 100% of the X-ray-detected emission-line galaxies (ELGs) have 15 mm counterparts, in contrast to 10%-20% of the X-ray-detected absorption-line galaxies and AGN-dominated sources. None of the X-ray-detected ELGs are detected in the hard band (2-8 keV), and their stacked-average X-ray spectral slope of Γ ≈ 2.0 suggests a low fraction of obscured AGN activity within the X-ray-detected ELG population. The characteristics of the z = 0.4-1. 3 X-ray-detected ELGs are consistent with those expected for M82- and NGC 3256-type starburst galaxies; these X-ray-detected ELGs contribute ≈2% of the 0.5-8.0 keV extragalactic X-ray background. The only statistical difference between the X-ray-detected and X-ray-undetected 15 μm-selected ELGs is that a much larger fraction of the former have radio emission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L85-L88
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - Apr 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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