Twelve and a Half Years of Observations of Centaurus A with RXTE

Дата и время публикации : 2011-02-24T20:11:58Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Richard E. Rothschild
Alex Markowitz
Elizabeth Rivers
Slawomir Suchy
Katja Pottschmidt
Matthias Kadler
Cornelia Mueller
Joern Wilms

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Коментарии к cтатье: 56 pages, 12 figures, 4 tables, revised manuscript submitted to The Astrophysical Journal
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer has observed the nearest radio galaxy, Centaurus A, in 13 intervals from 1966 August to 2009 February over the 3–200 keV band. Spectra accumulated over the 13 intervals were well described with an absorbed power law and iron line. Cut-off power laws and Compton reflection from cold matter did not provide a better description. For the 2009 January observation, we set a lower limit on the cut-off energy at over 2 MeV. The power spectral density function was generated from RXTE/ASM and PCA data, as well as an XMM-Newton long look, and clear evidence for a break at 18+10-7 days (68% conf.) was seen. Given Cen A’s high black hole mass and very low value of Lx/LEdd, the break was a factor of 17+/-9 times higher than the break frequency predicted by the McHardy and co-workers’ relation, which was empirically derived for a sample of objects, which are radio-quiet and accreting at relatively high values of Lbol/LEdd. We have interpreted our observations in the context of a clumpy molecular torus. The variability characteristics and the broadband spectral energy distribution, when compared to Seyferts, imply that the bright hard X-ray continuum emission may originate at the base of the jet, yet from behind the absorbing line of sight material, in contrast to what is commonly observed from blazars.

Category: Physics