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The Galaxy Merger Origin of Hot Gaseous Halos of Ellipticals

  • X. Y. Xia (a1), Z. Y. Huo (a2) and S. J. Xue (a2)

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We report on the properties of the hot gaseous halos of 10 nearby ultraluminous IRAS galaxies from Chandra observations. There exists diffuse soft X-ray emission surrounding the central nucleus within 10 kpc of the nuclear region with a temperature of about 0.7 keV and metallicity about Z ~ 1.0Z . Also, emission lines from α elements and ions for are seen in all nearby ULIRGs in our sample. Outside the central region, the Chandra observations reveal a more extended hot gaseous halo with a temperature of about 0.6 keV and low metallicity (Z ~ 0.1Z ) for some of the ULIRGs. We discuss the nature and the implications of our results for the origin of X-ray halos in elliptical galaxies and the constraints this places on the feedback process.

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The Galaxy Merger Origin of Hot Gaseous Halos of Ellipticals

  • X. Y. Xia (a1), Z. Y. Huo (a2) and S. J. Xue (a2)

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