A catalog of Chandra X-ray sources in the Carina Nebula

Patrick S. Broos, Leisa K. Townsley, Eric D. Feigelson, Konstantin V. Getman, Gordon P. Garmire, Thomas Preibisch, Nathan Smith, Brian L. Babler, Simon Hodgkin, Rémy Indebetouw, Mike Irwin, Robertr King, Jim Lewis, Steven R. Majewski, Mark J. McCaughrean, Marilyn R. Meade, Hans Zinnecker

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We present a catalog of 14,000 X-ray sources observed by the ACIS instrument on the Chandra X-ray Observatory within a 1.42deg2 survey of the Great Nebula in Carina, known as the Chandra Carina Complex Project (CCCP). This study appears in a special issue devoted to the CCCP. Here, we describe the data reduction and analysis procedures performed on the X-ray observations, including calibration and cleaning of the X-ray event data, point-source detection, and source extraction. The catalog appears to be complete across most of the field to an absorption-corrected total-band luminosity of 1030.7ergs-1 for a typical low-mass pre-main-sequence star. Counterparts to the X-ray sources are identified in a variety of visual, near-infrared, and mid-infrared surveys. The X-ray and infrared source properties presented here form the basis of many CCCP studies of the young stellar populations in Carina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2011


  • ISM: individual objects (Carina Nebula)
  • X-rays: stars
  • open clusters and associations: individual (Tr14, Tr15, Tr16)
  • stars: formation
  • stars: pre-main sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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