Volume 532, August 2011
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters and populations|
|Published online||21 July 2011|
Multi-wavelength environment of the Galactic globular cluster Terzan 5
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, PO Box 103980, 69029 Heidelberg, Germany
2 EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstrasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
3 Obserwatorium Astronomiczne, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Orla 171, 30-244 Kraków, Poland
4 Instytut Fizyki Ja¸drowej PAN, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków, Poland
5 Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Physikalisches Institut, Erwin-Rommel-Str. 1, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Received: 10 August 2010
Accepted: 12 May 2011
Terzan 5 is a Galactic globular cluster exhibiting prominent X-ray and gamma-ray emission. Following the discovery of extended X-ray emission in this object, we explore here archival data at several wavelengths for other unexpected emission features in the vicinity of this globular cluster. Radio data from the Effelsberg 100-m telescope show several extended structures near Terzan 5, albeit with large uncertainties in the flux estimates and no reliable radio spectral index. In particular, a radio source extending from the location of Terzan 5 to the north-west could result from long-term non-thermal electron production by the large population of milli-second pulsars in this globular cluster. Another prominent radio structure close to Terzan 5 may be explained by ionised material produced by a field O star. As for the diffuse X-ray emission found in Terzan 5, its extension appears to be limited to within 2.5 arcmin of the globular cluster and the available multi-wavelength data is compatible with an inverse Compton scenario but disfavours a non-thermal Bremsstrahlung origin.
Key words: globular clusters: individual: Terzan 5 / radiation mechanisms: general / stars: massive
© ESO, 2011
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