A&A 408, 39-42 (2003)
The diffuse X-ray backgroundA. M. Soltan
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warsaw, Poland
(Received 13 May 2003 / Accepted 16 June 2003)
The deepest observations of the X-ray background approach the surface brightness of the truly diffuse component generated by Thomson scattering of cosmic X-ray photons. Available estimates of the electron density and the X-ray luminosity density of AGNs as a function of cosmological epoch are used to calculate the integral scattered X-ray background component. It is shown that the scattered component constitutes 1.0 - 1.7% of the total background, depending on the AGN cosmic evolution. Albeit this is a minute fragment of the total flux, it becomes a perceptible fraction of the still unresolved part of the background and should be taken into account in the future rigorous assessments of the X-ray background structure. This diffuse component at energies 1 keV sums up with the emission by WHIM to 3-4%. Consequently, one should expect that integrated counts of discrete sources account for just 96-97% for soft background and ~ 99% at higher energies.
Key words: X-rays: diffuse background
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