XMM-Newton Wide Angle Survey

This table contains results from the XMM-Newton Wide Angle Survey (XWAS), viz., a new catalog of almost a thousand X-ray sources that have been spectroscopically identified through optical observations. The sources lie in high-galactic latitude (|b| > 20 degrees) XMM-Newton fields mainly in the southern hemisphere. A sample of X-ray sources detected in 68 XMM-Newton pointed observations was selected for optical multi-fiber spectroscopy. Optical counterparts and corresponding photometry of the X-ray sources were obtained from the SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey. Candidates for spectroscopy were initially selected with magnitudes down to R ~ 21, with preference for X-ray sources having a flux F<sub>0.5-4.5keV</sub> >= 10<sup>-14</sup> erg/s/cm<sup>2</sup>. Optical spectroscopic observations were made using the Two Degree Field of the Anglo-Australian Telescope, and the resulting spectra were classified based on optical emission lines. The authors have identified through optical spectroscopy 940 X-ray sources over a solid angle Omega ~ 11.8 deg<sup>2</sup> of the sky. Source populations in their sample can be summarized as 65% broad-line active galactic nuclei (BLAGN), 16% narrow emission-line galaxies (NELGs), 6% absorption-line galaxies (ALGs) and 13% stars. An active nucleus is also likely to be present in the large majority of the X-ray sources spectroscopically classified as NELGs or ALGs. Optical images are available for all of the XWAS fields in the SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey (Hambly et al., 2001, MNRAS, 326, 1279).

Source https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/all/xwas.html
Metadata Access http://dc.g-vo.org/rr/q/pmh/pubreg.xml?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_datacite&identifier=ivo://nasa.heasarc/xwas
Creator Esquej et al.
Publication Year 2020
Contact Michael Preciado <Michael.E.Preciado@nasa.gov>
Resource Type AstroObjects
Format text/xml
Discipline Various