Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Roy Kilgard

Major

Astronomy

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

By examining the spectral properties of X-ray sources in other galaxies, we can learn about the population of different types of sources. In this thesis, we examine 3,560 X-ray emitting sources using observations by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. By extracting their hardness ratios and automating spectral fitting routines, we provide strong evidence for a color regime containing Low Mass X-ray Binaries (LMXB), supporting claims made in previous smaller scale studies. We also identify a number of interesting super soft sources in elliptical galaxies and present some interesting findings about the color distribution of sources in low 60 micron luminosity galaxies.

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