Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 304, 52-60 (1999/March-3)
The X-ray properties of the nearby LINER galaxy NGC 4736.
ROBERTS T.P., WARWICK R.S. and OHASHI T.
Abstract (from CDS):
NGC 4736 is a nearby Sab spiral galaxy, hosting one of the closest examples of a low-ionization nuclear emission-line region (LINER) nucleus. We have utilized recent observations by ROSAT and ASCA to characterize the X-ray properties of this galaxy. 12 discrete X-ray sources are detected within the region subtended by its optical disc, the majority of which are likely to be X-ray binaries associated with the galaxy. By far the brightest source in the X-ray band is positionally coincident with the nucleus of the galaxy and is spatially resolved into a component with a radial extent of ∼ 3 kpc plus a point-like core. The broad-band (0.1–10 keV) spectrum of this nuclear source is composed of a hard continuum with a spectral slope characteristic of that observed in classical Seyfert nuclei (i.e. power-law photon index, γ ~ 1.7), with thermal emission (kT = 0.1–0.6 keV) dominant below 2 keV. An Fe K α line may also be present at ∼ 6.8 keV. There is no evidence for X-ray temporal variability on time-scales of hours to years. A plausible model is that the hard continuum originates in a near-quiescent active galactic nucleus (with LX ∼ 6x1039 erg.s–1, 0.5–10 keV) embedded in the LINER at the centre of NGC 4736. However, an alternative explanation, namely that the LINER is the site of a dense population of X-ray binary sources, cannot be completely excluded.
1999, Royal Astronomical Society
galaxies: individual: NGC 4736 - galaxies: nuclei - X-rays: galaxies
Table 2: [RWO99] NGC 4736 XNN (Nos X1-X15).
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