Exploratory chandra observations of the three highest redshift quasars known

William N. Brandt, Donald P. Schneider, Xiaohui Fan, Michael A. Strauss, James E. Gunn, Gordon T. Richards, Scott F. Anderson, Daniel E. Vanden Berk, Neta A. Bahcall, J. Brinkmann, Robert Brunner, Bing Chen, G. S. Hennessy, Donald Q. Lamb, Wolfgang Voges, Donald G. York

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We report on exploratory Chandra observations of the three highest redshift quasars known (z p 5.82, 5.99, and 6.28), all found in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These data, combined with a previous XMM-Newton observation of a z p 5.74 quasar, form a complete set of color-selected, z 1 5.7 quasars. X-ray emission is detected from all of the quasars at levels that indicate that the X-ray–to–optical flux ratios of z ≈ 6, optically selected quasars are similar to those of lower redshift quasars. The observations demonstrate that it will be feasible to obtain quality X-ray spectra of z ≈ 6 quasars with current and future X-ray missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L5-L9
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 20 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: nuclei
  • Quasars: general
  • Quasars: individual (SDSS J083643.85005453.3, SDSS J103027.10052455.0, SDSS J130608.26035626.3)
  • X-rays: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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