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**TITLE** ASP Conference Series, Vol. **VOLUME**, **PUBLICATION YEAR** **EDITORS** The autocorrelation function of the soft X-ray background

By Andrzej M. Soltan and Michael J. Freyberg


Abstract. The first positive detection of the X-ray background fluctuations at small angular scales is reported. ROSAT PSPC archive pointed observations are used to measure fluctuations at scales of 0. ◦ 03 −0. ◦ 4. The pointings have been selected from an area free from galactic contamination. At separations below ∼ 0. ◦ 1 clusters of galaxies become a substantial source of the background fluctuations. The autocorrelation function of the fluctuations in the power law approximation has a slope of ∼ 1 for all the data but is substantially flatter (with slope of ∼ 0.7) when pointings containing bright clusters are removed. At separations 0. ◦ 3 − 0. ◦ 4 where the ACF estimates based on the ROSAT pointings and All-Sky Survey are available, both data sets give consistent results. 1

Year: 2000
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