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The MAVERIC Survey: Chandra/ACIS catalog of faint X-ray sources in 38 galactic globular clusters


Buchner,  Johannes
High Energy Astrophysics, MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Bahramian, A., Strader, J., Miller-Jones, J. C. A., Chomiuk, L., Heinke, C. O., Maccarone, T. J., et al. (2020). The MAVERIC Survey: Chandra/ACIS catalog of faint X-ray sources in 38 galactic globular clusters. The Astrophysical Journal, 901(1): 57. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aba51d.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-85FC-7
Globular clusters host a variety of lower-luminosity (L X < 1035 erg s−1) X-ray sources, including accreting neutron stars (NSs) and black holes (BHs), millisecond pulsars (MSPs), cataclysmic variables, and chromospherically active binaries. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive catalog of more than 1100 X-ray sources in 38 Galactic globular clusters (GCs) observed by the Chandra X-ray Observatory's Chandra/ACIS detector. The targets are selected to complement the MAVERIC survey's deep radio continuum maps of Galactic GCs. We perform photometry and spectral analysis for each source, determine a best-fit model, and assess the possibility of it being a foreground or background source based on its spectral properties and location in the cluster. We also provide basic assessments of variability. We discuss the distribution of X-ray binaries in GCs and their X-ray luminosity function, and we carefully analyze systems with L X > 1033 erg s−1. Among these moderately bright systems, we discover a new source in NGC 6539 that may be a candidate accreting stellar-mass BH or a transitional MSP. We show that quiescent NS low-mass X-ray binaries in GCs may spend ~2% of their lifetimes as transitional MSPs in their active (L X > 1033 erg s−1) state. Finally, we identify a substantial underabundance of bright (L X > 1033 erg s−1) intermediate polars in GCs compared to the Galactic field, in contrast with the literature of the past two decades.