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X-Ray Spectral Characterization of the Young Cygnus OB2 Population

Flaccomio, E.; Albacete-Colombo, J. F.; Drake, J. J.; Guarcello, M. G.; Kashyap, V.; Wright, N. J.; Briggs, K.; Ercolano, B.; McCollough, M.; Sciortino, S.


E. Flaccomio

J. F. Albacete-Colombo

J. J. Drake

M. G. Guarcello

V. Kashyap

K. Briggs

B. Ercolano

M. McCollough

S. Sciortino


We analyze the X-ray spectra of the ∼8000 sources detected in the Cygnus OB2 Chandra Legacy Survey (this focus issue), with the goals of characterizing the coronal plasma of the young low-mass stars in the region and estimating their intrinsic X-ray luminosities. We adopt two different strategies for X-ray sources for which more or less than 20 photons were detected. For the brighter sample we fit the spectra with absorbed isothermal models. In order to limit uncertainties, for most of the fainter Cygnus OB2 members in this sample we constrain the spectral parameters to characteristic ranges defined from the brightest stars. For X-ray sources with <20 net photons we adopt a conversion factor from detected photon flux to intrinsic flux. This was defined, building on the results for the previous sample, as a function of the 20% quantile of the detected photon energy distributions, which we prove to also correlate well with extinction. We then use the X-ray extinction from the spectral fits to constrain the ratio between optical and X-ray extinction toward Cyg OB2, finding it consistent with standard “Galactic” values, when properly accounting for systematics. Finally, we exploit the large number of sources to constrain the average coronal abundances of several elements, through two different ensemble analyses of the X-ray spectra of low-mass Cyg OB2 members. We find the pattern of abundances to be largely consistent with that derived for the young stellar coronae in the Orion Nebula Cluster.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 25, 2023
Publication Date Nov 1, 2023
Deposit Date Oct 30, 2023
Journal The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Print ISSN 0067-0049
Electronic ISSN 1538-4365
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 269
Issue 1
Article Number 12
Keywords Stellar abundances, X-ray stars, Stellar activity, Pre-main sequence stars, T Tauri stars, Stellar coronae