XMM-Newton observations of M 87 and its X-ray halo

H. Böhringer, E. Belsole, J. Kennea, K. Matsushita, S. Molendi, D. M. Worrall, R. F. Mushotzky, M. Ehle, M. Guainazzi, I. Sakelliou, G. Stewart, W. T. Vestrand, S. Dos Santos

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We report performance verification observations of the giant elliptical galaxy M 87 in the Virgo Cluster with the MOS, pn, and optical monitor instruments on board of XMM-Newton. With the energy sensitive imaging instruments MOS and pn we obtain the first spatially constrained X-ray spectra of the nucleus and the jet of the galaxy. The good photon statistics of the pn and MOS allow a detailed analysis of the radial temperature and abundance distribution of 6 elements. The data provide no indication of a multi-temperature structure for radii ≥2′. An apparent sharp metal abundance drop deduced for the regions inside this radius is probably due to resonant line scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L181-L187
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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