Looking For Obscured QSOs In The X-Ray Emitting ERO Population
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We present XMM-Newton data centered on one of the MUNICS Near Infrared Cluster Survey fields (S2F1) and we discuss the X-ray properties of the 6 X-ray emitting EROs found. For one of them we have already obtained the redshift using near-infrared spectroscopic data, while for the remaining 5 EROs the analysis is based on photometric redshifts. We find evidence for the presence of an X-ray obscured QSO in at least 5 out of the 6 X-ray emitting EROs. For these 5 objects we derive intrinsic (2-10 keV) luminosities in excess of 10(44) erg s(-1) and intrinsic column densities higher than 10(22) cm(-2). These values have been obtained through a basic X-ray spectral analysis for the three brightest sources and through the analysis of the hardness ratios for the remaining two. All of these 5 X-ray emitting EROs appear extended in the optical/near-infrared bands indicating that the host galaxy emission dominates at these wavelengths. This suggests that the hosted AGNs are likely to be absorbed also in the optical/near-infrared bands: i.e. they are likely X-ray obscured possible type 2 QSOs. For the remaining ERO the presence of an AGN is suggested both by its high 0.5-2 keV luminosity (L0.5-2keV similar to 10(43) erg s(-1)) and by its X-ray-to-optical flux ratio. In this case the quality of the present data prevents us from placing firm constraints on the AGN type hosted. Finally, the near-IR spectrum obtained for one of the 6 EROs classifies the host galaxy as an elliptical at z similar or equal to 1.7 with a stellar mass well in excess of 10(11) M.. This result corroborates the possible link between the QSO activity and the formation of massive spheroids.