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Author Revnivtsev, M. ♦ Sazonov, S. ♦ Krivonos, R. ♦ Ritter, H. ♦ Sunyaev, R.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2008-05-17
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract We measure the spatial distribution and hard X-ray luminosity function of cataclysmic variables (CVs) using the INTEGRAL all-sky survey in the 17-60 keV energy band. The vast majority of the INTEGRAL detected CVs are intermediate polars with luminosities in the range 10^{32}-10^{34} erg/sec. The scale height of the Galactic disk population of CVs is found to be 130{+90}{-50} pc. The CV luminosity function measured with INTEGRAL in hard X-rays is compatible with that previously determined at lower energies (3--20 keV) using a largely independent sample of sources detected by RXTE (located at b >10deg as opposed to the INTEGRAL sample, strongly concentrated to the Galactic plane). The cumulative 17-60 keV luminosity density of CVs per unit stellar mass is found to be (1.3+/-0.3)x10^{27} erg/sec/Msun and is thus comparable to that of low-mass X-ray binaries in this energy band. Therefore, faint but numerous CVs are expected to provide an important contribution to the cumulative hard X-ray emission of galaxies.
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