XMM-Newton observations of the starburst merger galaxies NGC 3256 & NGC 3310

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Impact Factor: 5.11). 05/2004; 352(4). DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2004.08025.x
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We present XMM–Newton EPIC observations of the two nearby starburst merger galaxies NGC 3256 and NGC 3310. The broad-band (0.3–10 keV) integrated
X-ray emission from both galaxies shows evidence of multiphase thermal plasmas plus an underlying hard non-thermal power-law
continuum. NGC 3256 is well fitted with a model comprising two mekal components (kT= 0.6/0.9 keV) plus a hard power law (Γ= 2), while NGC 3310 has cooler mekal components (kT= 0.3/0.6 keV) and a harder power-law tail (Γ= 1.8). Chandra observations of both galaxies reveal the presence of numerous discrete sources embedded in the diffuse emission, which dominate
the emission above ∼2 keV and are likely to be the source of the power-law emission. The thermal components show a trend of
increasing absorption with higher temperature, suggesting that the hottest plasmas arise from supernova-heated gas within
the discs of the galaxies, while the cooler components arise from outflowing galactic winds interacting with the ambient interstellar
medium. We find no strong evidence for an active galactic nucleus in either galaxy.

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