Monday, July 31, 2006


Davis et al. describe the multiwavelength extended Groth strip survey with observations from radio to X-ray.

Graham & Driver derive a quadratic relation between BH mass and bulge concentration.

Li Ji et al. develop a non-equilibrium ionization model for stellar cluster winds.

Bridges et al. do a full-up Bayesian analysis of the 3-year WMAP and LSS data and conclude that the n=1 spectrum can be ruled out and that the form of the deviation from n=1 differs from a power-law.

Malbon et al. graft black hole growth onto their galaxy formation model based on LCDM and predict the number and sizes of BH mergers.

Friday, July 28, 2006

xspec11 error in tclout compinfo

Jeremy Sanders points out that the number of parameters in the model returned by tclout compinfo is one too few. Simple error in tclout.c which is patched as 11.3.2v.

Keywords: HEAsoft, xspec

Monday, July 24, 2006

xspec 11 memory allocation errors in fakeit and tclout

Jeremy Sanders provided some fixes to memory allocation of strings in fakeit.c and tclout.c. Some sizes were being set without including the null at the end. Bug fix 11.3.2u.

Keywords: HEAsoft, xspec

Friday, July 14, 2006


Bouwens & Illingworth look for z~7-8 galaxies in NICMOS data and find less candidates than expected implying rapid evolution in the most luminous galaxies.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

fix to genrsp

Randall spotted that the new v2.0 genrsp was only creating half-gaussian responses. This was due to a stupid error in clcrsp.f. v2.01 should get into the HEAsoft 6.1 release.

Keywords: genrsp, HEAsoft


Diehl & Statler present results of analyzing Chandra observations of 54 normal ellipticals. They find little correlation between optical and X-ray emission and conclude that the X-ray emitting gas is generally out of equilibrium and does not retain information about the shape of the underlying potential.

Park et al. develop a Bayesian treatment of hardness ratios.

Wilman et al. present optical integrated field spectroscopy of the H-alpha luminous central galaxies in the four cooling flow clusters and find disturbed emission coincident with secondary galaxies.

Wickham et al. develop the use of reversible jump MCMC to study SMBH binary systems with LISA.

de Freitas Pacheco et al. estimate the capture rate of compact objects by SMBH.

Sanders presents a new technique for performing spatially-resolved spectroscopy by selecting regions based on surface-brightness contours of the smoothed image.

Loeb looks at thermal evaporation from clusters and notes this could lead to a loss of at least a tenth of the gas at the cluster virial temperature.

Schnittman et al. use relativistic MHD simulations of accretion onto a non-rotating BH to predict features of the high-frequency power spectrum.

Trimble et al. present their annual summary of the year in astrophysics.

Heinz et al. find using numerical simulations that radio source morphologies can be significantly changed by bulk flows in the cluster gas.

Beckmann et al. present the 20-40 keV AGN luminosity function based on Integral observations covering 25000 deg^2 and detecting 38 extragalactic objects.

Lauer et al. argue that for brightest cluster galaxies the BH mass correlation with bulge luminosity is more likely to be correct than that with bulge velocity dispersion.

Arun examines the differences in parameter estimation between 3.5PN and 2PN for LISA observations of BH mergers.

Babak et al. present "kludge" gravitational waveforms for compact objects inspiralling around massive black holes.


Dotti et al discuss the EM signals or binary BH mergers detectable by LISA.

Maschenko et al. show that random bulk gas motions in primordial galaxies act to flatten the central dark matter cusps and hence solve the discrepancy between the predicted sharp cusps and observed flattened distributions.

Juett et al. present absorption edge results for Ne and Fe using HETG observations of X-ray binaries. They measure the Fe depletion onto dust grains and the Ne ionization structure of the ISM.

Kewley et al. analyze 85224 emission-line galaxies from the SDSS and derive a classification scheme which cleanly separates star-forming galaxies, AGN-HII composites, Seyferts and LINERs.

Cornish & Porter used annealed MCMC to extract the parameters for a SMBH binary embedded in a simulated LISA datastream.

Fregeau et al. discuss the detection probabilities with LISA and LIGO for IMBH binary mergers.

Dai et al. stack RASS data for over 4000 clusters selected from the 2MASS catalog and conclude that the relationships between mass, X-ray temperature, and X-ray luminosity are consistent with those for X-ray selected clusters.

McClintock et al. place a lower limit on the dimensional spin parameter for the BH in GRS1915 of 0.98 by modelling the X-ray continuum.

Schurch & Done model the soft X-ray emission from AGN as a failed disk wind where material is blown off the inner regions of the disk and falls back down onto the outer regions.

Rephaeli et al. analyze > 500 ksec of RXTE data on A2163 and derive a model where ~25 of the 3-50 keV emission is from a non-thermal component.

Sun et al. present a survey of the X-ray coronae of galaxies in nearby clusters.

extractor on OSF

The HEAsoft 6.1 version of extractor fails under OSF with

exception system: exiting due to internal error: out of memory trying to allocate exception system resources

We have no explanation for this at present. It appears to happen before any extractor code is executed.

Keywords: HEAsoft, extractor, OSF

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

extractor on Intel Mac

Fixed a bug when writing the XRONOS window file which showed up on the Intel Mac although since it was a format statement error we should have run into it before. v4.67.

Keywords: HEAsoft, extractor

Monday, July 10, 2006

xselect.mdb for Suzaku

At Koji's suggestion changed mkf_def_expr to ae*.mkf, since all relevant parameters are now included in the mkf file, and mkf_rel_dir to ../../auxil to conform to the v1 processing output.

Keywords: HEAsoft, xselect, Suzaku

Friday, July 07, 2006

pgplot /gif and /ppm drivers

Created C implementations of the pgplot /gif and /ppm drivers. The fortran versions of these use %VAL so fail on some fortran compilers. Used f2c to create a candidate C version then did a fair amount of tidying up. Confirmed that the drivers work correctly under Tiger but they may need tweaking for other systems.

Update: Added C implementation of pgplot /wd driver. More careful testing showed up a few discrepancies between the output files from the Fortran and C versions. After fixing some bugs the /ppm and /wd drivers produced identical binary output files from the Fortran and C versions. The /gif drivers produced small differences however these output files appear to be time-dependent since both the Fortran and C implementations produce slightly different binary files in successive runs. This was because the CODE array was not completely initialized to zero (one dimension was looped from 0 to 4095 not 0 to 4097 as required).

Keywords : heasoft, pgplot