Volume 444, Number 1, December II 2005
|Page(s)||69 - 77|
|Published online||21 November 2005|
Blank field sources in the ROSAT HRI Brera multiscale wavelet catalog
Università dell'Insubria, via Valleggio 11, 22100 Como, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Istitut für Theoretische Physik der Universität Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057, Zürich, Switzerland
3 Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Via Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate (LC), Italy e-mail: email@example.com
4 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwartzschild Strasse 2, 85740 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 11 May 2005
The search for Blank Field Sources (BFS), i.e. X-ray sources without optical counterparts, paves the way to identification of unusual objects in the X-ray sky. Here we present four BFS detected in the Brera Multiscale Wavelet catalog of ROSAT HRI observations. This sample was selected on the basis of source brightness, distance from possible counterparts at other wavelengths, point-like shape and a good estimate of the X-ray flux (). The observed fX and the limiting magnitude of the optical catalogs fix a lower limit for our BFS on 40. This value puts them well beyond the 90% threshold for usual source classes once the HRI energy band and proper spectral shape are taken into account, leaving room for speculation on their nature. Three BFS also show evidence of transient behaviour.
Key words: X-rays: general / stars: neutron / X-rays: galaxies: clusters / galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: general / galaxies: quasars: general
© ESO, 2005
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