Volume 476, Number 3, December IV 2007
|Page(s)||1191 - 1203|
|Published online||23 October 2007|
The XMM-Newton serendipitous survey*,**
IV. Optical identification of the XMM-Newton medium sensitivity survey (XMS)
Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), 39005 Santander, Spain e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT, UK
3 X-ray and Observational Astronomy Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
4 H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL, UK
5 Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85740 Garching, Germany
6 Special Astrophysical Observatory, 369167 Nizhnij Arkhyz, Russia
7 Centre for Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PRI 2HE, UK
8 INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via Brera 28, 20121 Milano, Italy
9 Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK
10 Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l'Université, 67000 Strasbourg, France
11 Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, 144482, Potsdam, Germany
12 South African Large Telescope, PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa
13 Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Universidad de Alicante, 03080 Alicante, Spain
14 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 38200 La Laguna, Spain
15 Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
16 European Space Astronomy Centre, Apartado 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
17 Anglo-Australian Observatory, PO Box 296, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia
18 Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), PO Box 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
19 Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
20 Centre d'Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements, CNRS/UPS, 9 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 04, France
21 National Astronomical Observatories of China/Yunnan Observatory, Phoenix Hill, PO Box 110, Kunming, Yunnan, PR China
Accepted: 25 September 2007
Aims.X-ray sources at intermediate fluxes (a few 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1) with a sky density of ~100 deg-2 are responsible for a significant fraction of the cosmic X-ray background at various energies below 10 keV. The aim of this paper is to provide an unbiased and quantitative description of the X-ray source population at these fluxes and in various X-ray energy bands.
Methods.We present the XMM-Newton Medium sensitivity Survey (XMS), including a total of 318 X-ray sources found among the serendipitous content of 25 XMM-Newton target fields. The XMS comprises four largely overlapping source samples selected at soft (0.5-2 keV), intermediate (0.5-4.5 keV), hard (2-10 keV) and ultra-hard (4.5-7.5 keV) bands, the first three of them being flux-limited.
Results.We report on the optical identification of the XMS samples, complete to 85-95%. At the flux levels sampled by the XMS we find that the X-ray sky is largely dominated by Active Galactic Nuclei. The fraction of stars in soft X-ray selected samples is below 10%, and only a few per cent for hard selected samples. We find that the fraction of optically obscured objects in the AGN population stays constant at around 15-20% for soft and intermediate band selected X-ray sources, over 2 decades of flux. The fraction of obscured objects amongst the AGN population is larger (~35-45%) in the hard or ultra-hard selected samples, and constant across a similarly wide flux range. The distribution in X-ray-to-optical flux ratio is a strong function of the selection band, with a larger fraction of sources with high values in hard selected samples. Sources with X-ray-to-optical flux ratios in excess of 10 are dominated by obscured AGN, but with a significant contribution from unobscured AGN.
Key words: X-rays: general / X-rays: galaxies / X-rays: stars / galaxies: active
Based on observations obtained with XMM-Newton, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA). Based on observations made with the INT/WHT, TNG and NOT operated on the island of La Palma by the Isaac Newton Group, the Centro Galileo Galilei and the Nordic Optical Telescope Science Association respectively, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos. Based on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC). Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile, as part of programme 75.A-0336.
© ESO, 2007
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