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Volume 374, Number 2, August I 2001
Page(s) 454 - 464
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010750

A&A 374, 454-464 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010750

ROSAT-HRI observations of six southern galaxy pairs

G. Trinchieri and R. Rampazzo

Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via Brera 28, 20121 Milano, Italy

(Received 3 April 2001 / Accepted 25 May 2001)

We present the detailed analysis of the X-ray data for 6 pairs, isolated or in poor groups, observed at high resolution with the ROSAT HRI . In all cases, the stronger X-ray source is associated with the brighter early-type member and is extended. The extent varies from galactic to group scale, from 3 (RR 210b) to 182 kpc( RR 22a). The fainter members are detected only in two pairs, RR 210 and RR 259. Except for one case, no significant substructures have been detected in the X-ray maps, possibly also as a consequence of the poor statistics. The core radii of the X-ray surface brightness profiles are in the range 1-3 kpc. The distribution of the luminosities of galaxies in pairs encompasses a very wide range of both luminosities and $L_{\rm X} / L_B$ ratios, in spite of the very small number of objects studied so far. Our data provide no evidence that pair membership affects the X-ray properties of galaxies. Observation are discussed in the context of the pair/group evolution.

Key words: galaxies: individual: general -- galaxies: interactions -- X -- rays: galaxies

Offprint request: G. Trinchieri, ginevra@brera.mi.astro.it

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