Rauw, G, Wright, NJ, Drake, JJ and Guarcello, MG (2015) X-ray emission from massive stars in CYG OB2. Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 221 (1). ISSN 1538-4365

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We report on the analysis of the Chandra-ACIS data of O, B, and WR stars in the young association Cyg OB2. X-ray spectra of 49 O-stars, 54 B-stars, and 3 WR-stars are analyzed and for the brighter sources, the epoch dependence of the X-ray fluxes is investigated. The O-stars in Cyg OB2 follow a well-defined scaling relation between their X-ray and bolometric luminosities: $\mathrm{log}\;\frac{{L}_{{\rm{X}}}}{{L}_{\mathrm{bol}}}=-7.2\pm 0.2$. This relation is in excellent agreement with the one previously derived for the Carina OB1 association. Except for the brightest O-star binaries, there is no general X-ray overluminosity due to colliding winds in O-star binaries. Roughly half of the known B-stars in the surveyed field are detected, but they fail to display a clear relationship between LX and Lbol. Out of the three WR stars in Cyg OB2, probably only WR 144 is itself responsible for the observed level of X-ray emission, at a very low $\mathrm{log}\;\frac{{L}_{{\rm{X}}}}{{L}_{\mathrm{bol}}}=-8.8\pm 0.2$. The X-ray emission of the other two WR-stars (WR 145 and 146) is most probably due to their O-type companion along with a moderate contribution from a wind–wind interaction zone.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © IOP Publishing
Uncontrolled Keywords: open clusters and associations, individual (Cyg OB2), stars, early-type, Wolf–Rayet, x-rays
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2019 10:36
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2621

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