ROSAT PSPC observations of nearby spiral galaxies - II. Statistical properties

Andrew Read, Trevor Ponman

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We present a statistical analysis of the largest X-ray survey of nearby spiral galaxies in which diffuse emission has been separated from discrete source contributions. Regression and rank-order correlation analyses are used to compare X-ray properties, such as total, source and diffuse luminosities and diffuse emission temperature, with a variety of physical and multiwavelength properties, such as galaxy mass, type and activity, and optical and infrared luminosity. The results are discussed in terms of the way in which hot gas and discrete X-ray sources scale with the mass and activity of galaxies, and with the star formation rate. We find that the X-ray properties of starburst galaxies are dependent primarily on their star-forming activity, whilst for more quiescent galaxies, galaxy mass is the more important parameter. One of the most intriguing results is the tight linear scaling between far-infrared and diffuse X-ray luminosity across the sample, even though the hot gas changes from a hydrostatic corona to a free wind across the activity range sampled here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001


  • galaxies : ISM
  • galaxies : starburst
  • X-rays : galaxies
  • surveys
  • galaxies : fundamental parameters
  • galaxies : spiral


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